IT was cup joy for West Bowling at the weekend as they eased across the line against Londoners Hammersmith Hills Hoists.

A score of 42-12 did it for the Bradford side in the first round of the Coral Challenge Cup.

This despite boss Ryan Hunkin admitting his side were a little rusty in their first real "hit-out".

Hunkin said: "We were still rusty with ball in hand, but to put 42 points on someone where we feel that we're rusty, we're very happy with it."

Bowling were actually behind twice in the first half, with a Hammersmith try for Byron Creighton taking the visitors to 8-6 ahead in the 17th minute.

Hunkin said: "We didn't know what to expect, we didn't know if there was going to be a big change in personnel for Hammersmith. But, I tell you what, they came and they were really really physical."

The coach added: "Some indiscipline set in, they scored two tries from two penalties. One of them where we were in yardage and talking back to the referee, which we put a stop to.

"As soon as the penalties and discipline dried up, we became more consistent and got a grip of the game. Once we went in the lead I don't think it was in doubt that we'd keep hold of it."

Bowling eased through the rest of the game thanks in part to their goal kicker.

Star-man Harry Williams (below) successfully converted seven out of seven in the match, while also adding a try to his tally in the final moments of the game.

Hunkin said: "He was composed, he didn't do anything spectacular, but great in defence, composed in attack, started to find a bit more of a voice, which before he left to go to Castleford he did struggle with.

"But he's still a young kid, he's got a great future ahead of him and really impressed with how he's committed to what we want to do this year.

"He was a part of a standout performance from a number of people as forwards."

Bowling have drawn Pennine League side Ovenden away in the next round.

Hunkin said: "It will be a tough test, a real physical battle for us - one we're, again, looking forward to."