Rugby League: Marauders finally earn a victory as Toll Bar reach cup semi

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Moorends Thorne Marauders recorded their first win of the season at the 12th attempt with victory over fellow strugglers King Cross Park.

Neil Barron’s men, who were stronger than in recent weeks during which time they suffered two massive defeats, triumphed 36-24.

The visitors struck first but Moorends showed good spirit to draw level.

They fell behind again, however, when being punished for sloppy ball control and poor tackling.

The lead changed hands several times after the break before the Doncaster side finally took control after impressing with some strong running and solid defence.

Centre Craig Hookway and full-back Dave Chowing both ran well with the ball.

The Halifax side had the last word with a late try but Moorends, for whom veteran prop Kev Lake starred in the forward exchanges, held out for a deserved win.

Bentley Good Companions lost a high-scoring Championship One clash at home to Illingworth 32-31.

A youthful Bentley side stood up to the challenge well but were held off.

Tries from Paul Ward, Faraj Chitiza, Craig Whincop and Chris Hemmings gave Bentley a 22-16 half time lead.

But Illingworth responded well to overturn the advantage in the dying moments.

Shawn Jowett grabbed his first try for the club in the late stages but Whincop’s missed conversion gave Illingworth the win.

Moorends Thorne Marauders A lost 32-6 against high-flying Halton Moor Storm in Division Seven.

Doncaster Toll Bar coasted through to the semi-finals of the Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy with a crushing 72-2 win over Division Two leaders Stainland.

The Division One leaders had the game won well before half-time as they raced into a 42-2 interval lead.

Tom Holt and Wayne Rafferty both bagged a first-half brace with former Dons’ star Craig Lawton, Phil Harrison, Aaron Rodwell and Gaz Carey also touching down.

Man-of-the-match Carey, added a second-half hat-trick to take his tally to four, with Ben Mead and Karl Mills also touching down.

Harrison kicked seven goals during the afternoon with Shaun Roberts, Mead and Carey also chipping in with a conversion.

“I thought we were excellent in all departments against a team that had won 15 of their 16 games this season and made them look really poor,”enthused coach Ian Tattersall.

“The first 30 minutes was unbelievable to watch. We’d spoken about being more clinical and everything we did (on the day) came off and ended with up with points, so it was really pleasing.

“We scored some great team tries but a special mention has to go to Gaz Carey; his four tries were outstanding and something he does on a regular basis. He’s a special player at this level.”