LINDLEY Swifts made it two Division III wins out of two with a 22-6 triumph over Whitehall Warriors at the Nook.
The visitors were determined to spoil the Swifts’ day, but they were on the back foot from the moment centre James Burns scored the opening try, converted by Nick Turner.
Second-rower Nick Staples followed up with the second and then set up Turner for try No3, with Turner adding both conversions to make it 18-0.
The Warriors reduced the deficit just before the break with a converted try and they kept up the pressure at the start of the second half, with Bill Brook-Taylor, Steve Booth, Olly Brodzinski, Mark Burns and Steve Book forced to produce excellent defensive efforts to keep them at bay.
Alan Kelly and influential stand-off Ryan Whitaker kept the Swifts ticking over on attack, but it was Staples who sealed the win with a second try.
SLAITHWAITE Saracens found it hard work in their opening match in Division III as they suffered a 25-12 home defeat to Bank Top Harriers.
However, they always knew it was going to be a struggle early in the campaign due to the absence of a number of key first-team players.
But the opening exchanges looked promising as Richard Flooks gave his side the lead with a penalty.
And then, after the Harriers had nudged ahead, the Saracens scored their first try of the season when Kyle Dyson scored from a Darren Hawkyard break after 15 minutes.
Flooks converted, but then failed to add the extras after Danny Garside grabbed Slaithwaite’s second try as the visitors went in at the break with a slender 13-12 advantage.
In a bad-tempered second half, the home side made far too many errors and paid the ultimate price as the Harriers grabbed two more tries to seal the Saracens’ fate.
There was also a bitterly disappointing defeat for Meltham All Blacks in Division IV as they were beaten 38-6 at home to Sheffield Hillsborough Hawks.
Despite the All Blacks exerting some early pressure, they were unable to find a way through the strong Hawks’ defence and were 12-0 behind at the break.
The visitors from South Yorkshire then stepped up a gear after the break to score some excellent tries before Meltham grabbed a consolation late on when Ross White and Matthew Carter combined for Adam Lodge to score a try, converted by Rob Lewis.
The impressive Hawks picked Lewis as Meltham’s best back and Chris Stephenson as best forward.
The All Blacks’ players’ player of the match, however, was Matthew Hird.