Rowse stars as Lock Lane go top

Lock Lane's Danny Rowse. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK
Lock Lane's Danny Rowse. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK

Lock Lane moved to the top of the table in the Premier Division of the National Conference following a 26-20 home win over Skirlaugh in another thrilling game.

Scrum-half Danny Rowse was instrumental in the Castleford side’s success as he crossed for two tries and landed three goals.

Phil Lythe and Adam Garlick were the other try scorers as Lock Lane battled back from a 13-6 half-time deficit to pick up win number 18 of the season.

Ross Kemp led the Skirlaugh resistance with a brace of tries and three conversions, while a further score from Liam Read and two Chris Brown drop goals meant the Hull visitors were in the hunt all game.

Lock Lane have now won five games on the trot and play their last game away to East Hull on Saturday, October 19.

Fellow Premier Division title hopefuls Thatto Heath Crusaders slipped up when they went down 25-24 at home to Wath Brow Hornets.

The champions’ success means they are now level on points with the Crusaders and within two points of leaders Lock Lane with a game in hand.

Featherstone Lions completed a quickfire double over Blackbrook with a thrilling 24-22 success.

After winning 32-26 against the same opponents thanks to a late try the week before the Lions were involved in another tight contest that went right down to the wire.

Blackbrook were four points ahead with just two minutes left before a late Danny Giles touchdown and a goal from Richard Frankland gave the Lions the victory.

Frankland closed with a try and four goals while other Featherstone tries were scored by Sam Candlin and Anthony Yates.

Neil Babbs, Danny Parkes (two) and Aaron Hewitt crossed for the home side with Jordan Welsby kicking three goals.