NEWSOME Panthers made it nine wins out of nine to maintain their lead at the top of Division II after a solid 26-0 home triumph over Stanningley A in a game played in absolutely terrible conditions.
The game was always going to be fraught with errors caused by the gale force wind and driving rain, but Newsome still managed to produce some quality rugby league to kill off the visitors.
The Panthers made the perfect start when they forced an error from the kick-off, enabling Josh Dixon to cross after two minutes, with Ben Feehan converting.
Although the visitors came back strongly with the wind at their backs, Newsome’s defence was rock solid and Stanningley’s attack had no answer and repeatedly made errors.
But Newsome were making errors of their own in the bad conditions, until they settled back down to the gameplan and player-coach and ex-Giants man Phil Joseph crossed to make it 10-0 at half-time.
The second period was also scrappy, but with the pitch in remarkable condition Newsome took advantage of their brilliant defence to produce some excellent flowing rugby.
As a result, they ran in a further three unanswered tries through James Wallace, Feehan and Dominic Newton, left, with his first first-team try, with Feehan landing another two goals to seal another well-deserved victory.