No Swann song for Queensbury as they notch vital Pennine League Premier Division victory

No Swann song for Queensbury as they notch vital Premier Division victory

Dan Gregory, left, and Brad Fraser, right, muscle up for West Bowling in their 16-4 Hamuel Reichenbacher Yorkshire Cup semi-final defeat to Nevison Leap

West Bowling's Dan Gregory threatens the Nevison Leap defence

Adam Reardon attacks for West Bowling

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Queensbury have posted a morale-boosting 18-10 victory at fellow strugglers Thornhill Trojans in the Pennine League Premier Division.

It was an old-fashioned physical affair, with both sides battling for the upper hand in the early stages.

Thornhill took the lead but Bury got themselves back in the game when Dave Wilkinson celebrated his fine debut with a try, which Scott Swann converted.

Hosts Thornhill again took the lead in the second half but tremendous spirit by Bury and some top defence when it mattered kept them right in it.

The visitors hit the front when Jack Evison collected a neat kick from Joe Flanagan to touch down, Swann adding the extras, and it was left to Swann to seal a fine and deserved win when he raced in to score.

In the Jack Senior Memorial Bradford Cup, Birkenshaw defeated rivals Wyke to secure the bragging rights and a place in round two.

Wyke started well, with Aidy Doherty and Simon Owen well to the fore, and Ashley Hutchinson and Sean Kelly also taking the game to Birkenshaw.

However, it was Birky who struck first when Wyke old boy Shaun Godfrey dived under the posts from a tap to score a converted try.

Wyke hit back to level before the break when, after a sweeping move, wingman Mark Teale side- stepped his way over, Michael Wormald duly adding the extras to make it 6-6.

Playing down the slope in the second half, Birky took full control, and two further converted tries without reply was enough to see them through.

In another tie, Clayton defeated Odsal Sedbergh 18-12, with Oliver McElroy (2) and Philip Redgrave touching down for the winners, Dane Bairstow adding three goals, while the game between Bank Top Harriers and Wibsey Warriors fell victim to the weather.

* Keighley ARLFC's dream of reaching the Hamuel Reichenbacher Yorkshire Cup final fell at the final hurdle as they were beaten 24-0 by Sharlston Rovers.

Two converted tries in each half were enough to end the valiant cup exploits of the Keighley outfit.

Ultimately the game came down to chances and, while Sharlston made the most of theirs, Keighley couldn't quite do the same, despite frequent breaks from Andy Stokes and Chris Stead.

Keighley's pack worked tirelessly throughout, with Chris Price, Rick Barr and Josh Lynam battling the heavy conditions in the middle, and half-backs Ricky Leatham and Rob Spencer proving a constant thorn in the Sharlston side.

However, it wasn't to be Keighley's day and when a kick that was going nowhere struck a Keighley post allowing Sharlston to score, the writing was on the wall.

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