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Coe runs the show for West Bowling in Bradford derby victory
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West Bowling 26 Wibsey Warriors 10
The win lifted Bowling to third place and left Wibsey still looking for their first points of the season – though there’s a long way to go yet.
The highlight of Bowling’s performance was a fine hat-trick from stand-off Liam Coe, who played a huge part in his side’s victory.
Coe proved too hot to handle for the Warriors defence and posted two stunning second-half tries to complete his tally.
Both tries originated on the halfway line, where he breached the visitors’ defence and showed them a clean pair of heels to the line.
Prop Chris Anderson and youngster Nathaniel Light gave the Warriors all sorts of problems, their non-stop hard work and continued pressure causing the visitors to spill the ball on several occasions.
Wibsey attempted to find their way into the game but found it difficult to settle into their usual confident stride, particularly given the amount of ball they were coughing up.
Bowling’s Liam Darville was lively all afternoon with his timed runs into the line and young centre Ethan Ryan showed his superb support play on more than one occasion.
Bowling had a number of chances and with some more composed finishing may have troubled the scoreboard a bit more.
Wibsey kept battling all afternoon, however, and were rewarded for their efforts in the closing stages when first Neil Sutcliffe squeezed in at the corner thanks to a fine break by Neil Wall, before Wall then helped himself to a try when he crashed over.
Wibsey loose forward Harry Hall led the Wibsey pack manfully and he was ably supported by second-row forward Shaun Godfrey.
However thanks to Coe it was Bowling and their supporters who went home the happier, at least until the return fixture.