Holders Fryston power through to semi-finals

Fryston Warriors celebrate their 30-8 win at North Hull. Picture: Matthew Merrick.
Fryston Warriors celebrate their 30-8 win at North Hull. Picture: Matthew Merrick.

Holders Fryston Warriors booked a home Yorkshire Cup semi-final against Siddal with Saturday’s 30-8 win at North Hull Knights.

The Warriors, still unbeaten in all competitions this season, were again far too good for their Hull opponents who they beat 50-10 in last season’s final.

Fryston’s powerful forwards set a great platform for the backs to score tries.

Hard-working forward Lee Land won the MOM award, sponsored by Alan Scarfe and Martin Oxtoby.

Props Jack Smith and Rob Firth were also outstanding for Fryston.

North Hull were camped on Fryston’s try for the first ten minutes but were unable to crack a rock-solid defence.

The Warriors, sponsored by Monkhill Sandwiches, soaked up the pressure before snatching the lead when they moved the ball out wide for Adam Rothwell to show his pace and strength to scoot round two defenders to score a try that Andy Speake goaled.

North Hull came unstuck in their attempt to outmuscle Fryston’s pack in which Land, Smith and Firth were prominent throughout.

Speake darted over to increase Fryston’s lead as they started to take control of the game after the Knights contributed to their own downfall by conceding silly penalties.

The game was well handled by referee Brandon Robinson and the touch judges who never allowed it to get out of hand.

The visitors shot further ahead with Rothwell’s second try and then struck again when the ever dangerous Wayne McHugh went over and Speake converted.

North Hull opened their account shortly before half-time when wingman Mark Frenaux crossed in the corner.

Any hopes the Knights may have had of getting back in the game in the second-half quickly disappeared.

They fell further behind when speedy Ryan Meah raced over and Speake goaled.

With the game virtually sewn up, Fryston made changes but their domination continued.

They split open the home defence numerous times but were let down by the final pass.

They eventually regained their scoring touch when McHugh scored his second try out of nothing by jinking his way through.

North, who were previously unbeaten at home this season, kept plugging away and Jack Tuttle dummied his way over but Fryston had the last word when McHugh kicked a penalty goal.

In other Yorkshire Cup quarterfinals, Three Tuns trounced East Hull 46-10 and Siddal beat Reckitts 26-18. Three Tuns host Ovenden in the semis.

Fryston became the first Castleford and Featherstone ARL open-age team for 17 years to lift the Yorkshire Cup when they beat North Hull in last season’s final.