Rugby League: Former Dons ace on scoresheet as Toll Bar power through in cup + local round-up

Former Dons ace Craig Lawton starred for Toll Bar
Former Dons ace Craig Lawton starred for Toll Bar
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Doncaster Toll Bar coasted through to the third round of the Pennine Amateur League’s Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy with a 38-8 win at Wyke.

The league leaders were rarely troubled as they opened up a 16-0 interval lead in their all-Division One clash, with unconverted tries by Karl Mills, Steve Mills, former Dons star Craig Lawton and Phil Harrison.

The one-way traffic continued after the break with Kieran Rodwell, Aiden King, Rob Brown and Jim Hamilton adding further tries, three of which were converted by Harrison.

“I think both sides and the match official need praising for playing the game in such terrible conditions,” said Toll Bar coach Ian Tattersall. “I don’t think that the pitch was playable to be honest.”

He added: “From my point of view this was one of the most pleasing results of the season because with ten players missing we had just been looking to get a result and move on.

“But I got a lot more than a win, I got a good performance as well, and it shows how far we’ve come over the last 12 months.

“This was a game we probably would have lost last season but we’ve learnt that it’s very difficult to always have all your players available and creating a strong squad with a strong mentality is important.

“It was a ‘no frills’ game and no heroes - just all the guys pulling together. We were really strong in defence and probably should have scored some more points but to score 38 points in those conditions was good.

“With only 15 players it was hard on the forwards but they all stood up and toughed it out. I thought there were some good individual performance especially man-of-the-match Tom Holt, who took us round the field well and produced some great tackles in defence.

“Second-rowers Lawton and Karl Mills were both excellent and young centre Jordan Clegg did well on his first start at this level.”

Dewsbury Moor hammered another nail into Moorends Thorne Marauders’ Championship coffin, as the Doncaster side found themselves on the wrong end of a 50-6 scoreline.

The physical, well-drilled visitors were always on top in the forward exchanges and their dominance gave their speedy back line the time and space run in a series of tries.

Neil Barron’s side showed plenty of spirit, but the gulf in class was too much for them to make any real impression.

Ryan Rafferty and Mark Roach who worked hard to unlock the Dewsbury defence, were the pick of the well-beaten Doncaster side.

Clayton Hopkinson scored the Moorends’ consolation try, his second in as many senior games, with Rafferty adding the extras.

Bentley Good Companions were also well beaten in their Championship One clash at St Josephs, going down 36-6.

There was also a 22-6 defeat for Moorends Thorne Marauders A in their Division Seven fixture at Cowling Harlequins.

Moorends travel to Pontefract to take on Championship rivals Chequerfield on Saturday, with Bentley also hitting the road to face Ossett.

Toll Bar entertain Sharlston Rovers A with Moorends A playing host to Queensbury B.