Community RL: Parkside eye promotion hat-trick after achieving National Cup glory

Hunslet Club Parkside celebrate their National Cup final triumph over Fryston Warriors. PIC: Matthew Merrick Photography
Hunslet Club Parkside celebrate their National Cup final triumph over Fryston Warriors. PIC: Matthew Merrick Photography
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A THIRD successive promotion is the aim for Hunslet Club Parkside after they won the BARLA National Cup for the first time.

Parkside denied West Yorkshire rivals Fryston Warriors a clean-sweep of available trophies with a 37-10 victory in the final at Featherstone Rovers’ LD Nutrition Stadium, Post Office Road.

National Cup final man of the match Jamie Fields crashes over for a try. PIC: Matthew Merrick Photography

National Cup final man of the match Jamie Fields crashes over for a try. PIC: Matthew Merrick Photography

Parkside – formerly known as Hunslet Old Boys – moved from the Pennine League to the National Conference in 2015 and have managed to gain promotion in each of the past two seasons.

Now second in Division One, their next target is a place in the elite Premier Division for 2018.

They proved too strong and well-disciplined for Pennine League champions Fryston, who had Rob Firth sent off in the first half for punching and Andy Speake dismissed for dissent late on.

James Cryer was sin-binned for a high tackle after 15 minutes and Wayne McHugh (dissent) was shown a yellow card 10 minutes from time.

Full-back Craig McShane and two-try prop/captain Jamie Fields, who also kicked six goals, were Parkside’s outstanding players.

Other try scorers were Carl Briggs, McShane, Ben Shulver and Kieran Murphy and Danny Rowse added a drop goal.

Arron Dobek and Jack Pickersgill crossed for Warriors and Speake kicked a goal.

Michael Shenton and Daryl Powell.

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