Amateur RL: Stanningley step closer to securing league glory

James Duckworth.
James Duckworth.
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STANNINGLEY moved a step closer to the National Conference Division Two title after a hard-fought 30-16 win at East Leeds.

Easts, who had beaten Hunslet Warriors in a midweek match, were 18-6 adrift at half-time and could not claw back the deficit despite an improved performance in the final 40 minutes.

Stand-off Niall Murphy had an outstanding game for Stanningley and was among their try scorers alongside Ben Selby, Dean Parker, Steve Welton and Luke Teasdale. Liam Copland kicked five goals.

James Duckworth, Jake Normington and Casey Canterbury touched down for Easts, and Billy Evans added two goals.

Normington was sent off in the second half for dissent and Easts had Ben Walkin sin-binned for a high tackle.

Lowly Hunslet Warriors gave second-placed Dewsbury Moor a fright, hitting back from 16-6 down to level the scores at 22-22 late on before being beaten 30-22.

Liam Coates scored two tries, Mickey Lyons and Gary McClelland also crossed and Daryl Gaunt kicked three goals.

Hunslet Club Parkside need two wins from their final six games to seal top spot in the Premier Division.

Parkside, in their first season in the top flight, have won all their 16 matches so far and are 10 points clear of second-placed Egremont Rangers.

They are on course to complete a clean sweep, having finished top of divisions three, two and one in successive years, but the title will go down to a Grand Final.

Kieran Murphy, Wayne Foster, Omar Alrawi and Michael Waite were try scorers in a 20-16 victory over reigning champions Thatto Heath, and Jamie Fields and Danny Rowse each kicked a goal.

Oulton Raiders were within six minutes of avoiding an 11th successive loss in Division One before a penalty goal condemned them to a 16-14 home defeat by York Acorn.

Adrian Holdsworth bagged a brace of tries, Brad Cahill got the other and Kieran Walpole kicked a conversion.

Scott Jensen, Josh Sunley, Andy Parker, Josh Nathaniel and Oleksandar Skalbalit scored tries, and Martin Loveridge booted six goals in Milford Marlins’ 32-18 win at Bradford Dudley Hill.