NCL: Hunslet Warriors win at Leigh East

05 Aug 2018 in News



By Dave Parkinson

Hunslet Warriors scored three tries in each half to send relegation haunted Leigh East to another defeat.

This latest loss is the eleventh in succession and games are running out to preserve their Division Two status. 

As with most games this season, it wasn't all bad for the hosts who took the lead after ninety seconds and scored first in the second half.

East were quick out of the blocks and led 4-0 early on when Jake Beaumont leapt highest to claim an astute kick from Harvey Massey. The Warriors responded when Nathan Clapham scored the first of his hat-trick after 13 minutes and led five minutes later when Matt Scott broke and then supported to score his first try. Halfback Daryl Gaunt kicked the first of four goals.

Hunslet Warriors scored their third try after 26 minutes with Bradley Benn scooting over from dummy half and although East had a couple of chances, the visitors went to the break with a 16-4 half-time advantage.

The hosts made another rapid start and were quickly rewarded through Andrew Ball. Adam Holland goaled and was in the build-up to the next chance when a flying effort from Beaumont was disallowed. 

Clapham scored for Hunslet Warriors and when Tom Worthington was sin-binned for punching, victory looked unlikely. Within a couple of minutes of the yellow-card, Clapham roared over for his third try with Gaunt completing his goal tally to make it 28-10.

Leigh East flew into full attack mode with Ball grabbing a sparkling second try after a four-pass play before Matt Scott intercepted from halfway to secure the game for Hunslet. East continued to battle with Aaron Noon denied a try before fellow debutant Marcus Mercer crowned an excellent debut with the final score and Adam Holland struck his third goal.


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