Rugby League: Bentley suffer third straight defeat | Toll Bar flying high

Rugby report
Rugby report

Promoted Bentley Good Companions continue to find wins hard to come by in the Pennine Amateur Rugby League Championship.

The club suffered their third successive defeat when going down 42-10 at high-flying Brighouse Rangers.

Rangers led 18-6 at the end of a closely-fought first half during which both teams played some good rugby.

Having had what they felt was a perfectly good try disallowed for obstruction just before the break, the Doncaster side’s hopes suffered another blow as the home side added two quickly-taken tries to open up a match-winning 30-6 lead.

Chris Hemmings and Jordan Middleton shared the two Bentley consolation tries with Craig Whincop adding a conversion.

“It was a tough game and the score didn’t reflect how close it was,” said coach Andy Whitfield.

“We gifted them 18 points with interception tries which didn’t help.

“But there were positives and the youngsters who have come in this season are getting better each game, in what is proving to be a good competitive division.”

Doncaster Toll Bar retained top spot in Championship One after routing second-placed Batley Boys 50-14.

Ian Tattersall’s side raced out of the blocks and scored 44 points without reply in a blistering first half display.

Gaz Carey (2), Wayne Rafferty, Steve Mills, Mitch Vincent, Kieran Cross, Shaun Roberts and man-of-the-match Karl Mills shared the tries with Roberts kicking six goals.

Toll Bar had to settle for a converted solo try by prop Sam Eyre as injuries disrupted their flow.

“The first half was unbelievable to watch; we were untouchable at times,” enthused Tattersall.

“To be so dominant against a team which had won its previous three games and had only conceded 18 points was pretty special to watch.

“The way we defended our line at times in the second half when we were down on numbers was also fantastic.”

Moorends Thorne Marauders went down 34-20 in their opening Division Five game at Hollinwood.