Amateur RL: Slaithwaite Saracens make Pennine President’s up progress at expense of Emley Moor

SLAITHWAITE Saracens and Newsome Panthers are through to the third round of the Pennine President’s Cup.

SLAITHWAITE Saracens and Newsome Panthers are through to the third round of the Pennine President’s Cup.

And joining them in the quarter-final could be Lindley Swifts, who guaranteed a third-round tie at home to Halifax Irish after gaining a walk-over win against Dearne Valley Bulldogs.

The Pennine League Premier Division Saracens set up a home tie against First Division Moorends Thorne Marauders with an emphatic 44-0 triumph at fellow Huddersfield club Emley Moor.

At the same time, Division I side Newsome Panthers were winning 26-10 at Ossett Trinity to set up a last-eight clash at Premier Division big guns Drighlington or Sharlston Rovers, who meet in a re-arranged tie this Saturday.

Whoever the Panthers face, it’s bound to be a massive test for the in-form side, who will have to produce their best performance of the season so far to stand any chance of progressing.

Slaithwaite, however, have to fancy their chances of moving to within one game of the final after being handed a home fixture against a Moorends side with eight wins out of 10 in Division I.

If the tie was being staged in Doncaster that could have been regarded as a potential banana skin for the Holliday Cup finalists.

Although being away to Championship side Emley Moor didn’t prove too big an obstacle in the last round!

Just like two weeks ago when the sides met in the semi-final of the Holliday Cup, the Saracens were far two strong for Moor.

Almost straight from the kick-off the Saracens were six points to the good when Chris Clarke raced over and Gavin Dyson added the extras.

Tries then followed at regular intervals through David Holmes (2), James Lewis, Luke Karolzcuk and Richard Flooks, with Dyson and Holmes sharing the conversions to make it 32-0 at the break.

And the same pattern continued in the second half when Stuart Dunbar raced over straight from the kick-off, although the wind then took a hand and made good kicking almost impossible.

Next to cross was Courtney Allette after completing a 50m sprint and Dunbar added his second 10 minutes later.

As the conditions worsened, the referee decided to call it a day.

But full credit has to go to the well-beaten hosts, who never gave up and can now focus all their attention on moving up the Championship Division table.

Another Huddersfield side dreaming of knock-out glory are Third Division Underbank Rangers, who booked a home Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy quarter-final meeting with second-placed Division II team Thornhill Trojans.

The Holmfirth-based club set up the Kirklees tussle after an 18-0 walk-over win against Queens A.

The full draws are:

Pennine Presidents Cup, quarter-finals: Birkenshaw v Lindley Swifts or Halifax Irish, Keighley or Queensbury v Hunslet Old Boys, Slaithwaite Saracens v Moorends Thorne Marauders, Drighlington or Sharlston Rovers v Newsome Panthers.

Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy, quarter-finals: Brighouse Rangers v Wyke, Underbank Rangers v Thornhill Trojans, West Craven Warriors or Methley Royals v Littleborough, Sharlston Rovers A or New Earswick All Blacks A v Selby Warriors.

Pennine League Supplementary Cup, quarter-finals: Farnley Falcons v Thornhill Trojans A, Brighouse Rangers A v Queensbury A, Selby Warriors A v Whitworth Spartans or Hanging Heaton, Sherburn Bears v Whitehall Warriors.

 
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