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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Kells move six points clear after beating Hornets

IN the Under-12s league, Kells moved six points clear of their nearest rivals after disposing of Wath Brow Hornets on Monday night 26-10.

Jamie Stalker and Robbie Johnstone both picked up two tries in the win, with others coming from Ryan Doran and Adam Caine. Robbie Johnstone slotted over one conversion.

The Whitehaven outfit remain unbeaten this season and must go into the BARLA Cumbria Cup semi-final on Sunday full of confidence when they visit Glasson Rangers.

In the Under-14s division, Glasson Rangers are still top after they put Lowca to the sword on Sunday, the Rangers winning at a canter 66-4.

The home side crossed for 13 tries with Ethan Costing and Dylon Broderick both picking up hat-tricks, Liam Armstrong and Zack Jones both crossed for two, with other touchdowns coming from Matthew Beattie, Brad Bouch and Liam Kirkbride. Five kickers were used by Glasson with Broderick and Callum Foye slotting two apiece, Costing, Jones and Callum Denvir picking up the others. Bailey Morton picked up the consolation try for the visitors.

The win keeps Glasson four points clear of closest rivals Kells, but the Kells outfit have three games in hand.

Kells had two high scoring wins over the past seven days to keep the pressure on Glasson, firstly they travelled to Broughton Red Rose last Thursday and won 68-0. Dominic Wear was again in good form, crossing for three tries and landing five conversions. Joe Todhunter and Michael Thwaites picked up braces of touchdowns, Daniel Slattery, Nathan Doran, Daniel Caine, Cameron Seeds, Jonny Scott and Richard Marr claiming the others. Grant Gainford claimed the remaining three conversions. Then on Sunday they played hosts to Glasson A where they rattled up another 60 points with a 60-8 final score.

Kells crossed the Glasson try line on 11 occasions, with Daniel Caine picking up two, while Grant Gainford, Michael Thwaites, Daniel Slattery, Gregg Linford, Ross Ainley, Joe Todhunter, Kieran Halcrow, Jake Corrie and Dominic Wear all crossed the whitewash. Wear was also on target with six conversions, with Gainford landing the other three.

At Under-16 level, Cockermouth Titans have now (barring a complete disaster) virtually sewn up the league championship after seeing off nearest rivals Ellenborough Rangers with a 38-22 win on Sunday.

This follows up their 38-12 victory over Egremont Rangers last Thursday evening.

In the midweek fixture Matty Henson was the playmaker for the Titans, orchestrating things from half back and marshalling the forwards around the park.

The hooker crossed for two touchdowns, with other tries coming from Ed Gate, Jack Clark, Jackson Clark and Joe Kirkup. Jack Clark landed four conversions, plus one from Sean Mumberson.

On Sunday the Titans crossed the Elbra tryline on seven occasions.

Kells are probably the only side now who could upset the Titans bandwagon for they picked up two good wins against Wath Brow Hornets away and Glasson Rangers at home, with 20-30 and 80-0 victories.

In the win against the Brow, Jordan Burns crossed the whitewash twice, Tom Horner, Jamie Nicholson, Connor Holiday and Luke Richardson also scored.

Ben Milburn picked up three conversions. Brow’s reply was touchdowns from Jamie Phillips and Callum Farrer – both with two – plus two Jack Casey goals. Against Glasson A Jordan Burns was in outstanding form when crossing for six tries, Luke Richardson picked up three, Ben Milburn crossed for two with others coming from Lyndon Douglas, Travis Scott and Andy Crawford.

Ani Suafoa was in great form with the boot, landing nine conversions, Connor Hetherington landed two with Ben Milburn getting the other.

Kells have yet to entertain the Titans at home and the outcome could have a vast input on who goes on to lift the trophy, but at this stage it’s the Cockermouth side who are probably the favourites.

Fixture for Thursday, May 5

Under-14s League: Glasson A v Lowca, ko 6.30pm.

Fixture for Friday, May 6

Under-12s, League: Wath Brow Hornets v Seaton Rangers, ko 6.30pm

Under-14s, League: Seaton Rangers v Kells, ko 6.30pm

Fixture for Saturday, May 7

Under-12s BARLA Cumbria Cup Semi Final: Barrow Island v Flimby, ko noon

Fixture for Sunday, May 8

Under-12s BARLA Cumbria Cup semi-final: Glasson Rangers v Kells. Kick off 1pm.

Under-14s League: Broughton Red Rose v Seaton Rangers; Kells v Wath Brow Hornets. Kick offs 11am.

Under-16s League: Wath Brow Hornets v Cockermouth Titans; Kells v Egremont Rangers; Ellenborough Rangers v Glasson Rangers. Kick offs noon.

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