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Queensbury push cup holders Hunslet all the way
Queensbury 6 Hunslet Old Boys 21
Queensbury were knocked out of the Reichenbacher Hamuel BARLA Yorkshire Cup at the first hurdle by the holders despite a superb battling team performance.
The game was a good old-fashioned tie, with neither side taking a backward step and little to choose between them.
Bury had the first opening when prop Andrew Senior created a gap for winger Scott Swann but, with the whitewash in his sights, he couldn’t hold on.
Hunslet capitalised when, from a quick tap penalty, Carl Briggs found centre Rick Hazlewood, who crashed over.
Midway through the half Bury hit back when a great break by Senior saw Josh Naylor in support and he dived under the posts. Swann stepped up to add the extras to make it 6-4.
Bury’s lead didn’t last long though as Hunslet invoked a power play on the last and the ball swept through a number of pairs of hands before centre Mark Stubbley crossed out wide.
The hosts started the second half on the back foot as Hunslet took full advantage of the slope.
Despite wave after wave of attacks, Bury held out with full back Billy Naylor performing heroics as the last line of defence.
The home rearguard was eventually breached, however, on 66 minutes when Chris Boyce created an overlap on the left and Johny Bradley raced clear to touch down.
Full back Andy Hullock duly added the extras to give the Leeds outfit a 14-6 lead.
Bury kept battling, with the lively Lewis Symonds always a threat along with the strong-running Aaron Moore.
Clever play on 72 minutes by Boyce extended the visitors’ lead when he dropped a cheeky drop goal and things got worse when lively stand-off Luke O’Malley dummied his way over in the dying stages.
However, Bury will be pleased with their heroic efforts against last season’s Yorkshire Cup winners and a side who will be not far off again this time.