East Leeds stung by the Hornets to end Cup bid

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EAST LEEDS’ hopes of a second successive appearance in the National Conference Trophy decider are over after a 36-8 quarter-final defeat at Premier Division rivals Wath Brow Hornets.

Jason Priestley crossed for Easts in the first-half, but was later sent-off for dissent. Easts trailed 18-4 at the break and Jack Ely scored their second-half try.

Thornhill Trojans, of Division Three, are through to today’s semi-final draw following a 42-10 thrashing of Premier Division visitors Rochdale Mayfield.

Trojans were without several first-choice players and had to call up a number of veterans, including Scott Dyson, who made his first start for almost six years and was named man of the match. Sam Ratcliffe scored a brace of tries and kicked five goals and Ryan Fenton also touched down twice. Other try-scorers were Mason Bailey, Adam Johnson, Liam Morley and Scott Green.

Hunslet Club Parkside hit back from 26-10 down at the break to win 40-26 at Drighlington in Conference Division Three, extending their 100 per cent start to the season to 13 games.

Drighlington looked on course to ruin Parkside’s perfect record when Kieran Roche crossed twice in the first half and Ben Nabozny and Gary Smith also touched down, with Josh Milne adding five goals. Mark Stubley, Kieran Murphy and Luke O’Malley went over for Parkside in the first half, but they stepped up a gear after the break and added tries through Jamie Fields (2), Jack Carvill, Craig Miles and Tom Sykes. Fields finished with three goals and O’Malley landed one.

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