Sin-binnings prove costly for plucky Dudley Hill

Harry Hall set the tone for Hill from the kick-off

Harry Hall set the tone for Hill from the kick-off

First published in Sport

Bradford Dudley Hill 18, Leigh MR 42

DIVISION Two side Bradford Dudley Hill gave Conference Challenge Trophy holders Leigh Miners Rangers the fright of their lives before going out of the competition in the second round at Parry Lane.

Hill made a dream start when second-row forward Harry Hall raced downfield from the kick-off and handed on to hooker Nathan Kitson, who sprinted to the side of the posts and left wingman Simon Sewell to slot the extras.

The shell-shocked Premier Division high-fliers were allowed no quarter as Hill tackled like demons – and the lead was further increased when Sewell kicked a penalty after interference at the ruck.

But a speedy crossfield move led to the Miners going over in the corner, soon followed by a splendid jinking converted effort by scrum half Scott O'Brien to ease Rangers two points in front.

Yet parity was restored at 10-10 just before the half-time whistle when Sewell kicked another penalty.

The Miners were quickly over after the break but Hill stuck to their task admirably, with Hall and centre Aiden Batey both held up over the line in quick succession.

The turning point of the game came on the hour when both sides indulged in a bout of fisticuffs and the referee ignored the old adage that it takes two to tango by sending Hall and substitute packman Anthony Lawton to the sin-bin.

Matters became a lot worse shortly afterwards when scrum half Andy Robinson vented his displeasure to the official and joined his colleagues on a yellow card.

With only ten men, Hill had an impossible task and the Miners took full advantage to keep the scoreboard ticking over in their favour.

Wingman Neil Wall had the last say with two well-earned touchdowns when the sides were equal again, leaving the Hill faithful to ponder what would have happened if their side could have kept a full complement on the field.

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