NEWSOME Panthers produced a devastating second-half spell to maintain third place in Division II after a 28-12 triumph over a determined Stanningley A side.
There was little to separate the sides in the opening period, with Stanningley made stronger with the inclusion of several of their National Conference League players.
But Newsome were the first to strike after good build-up play and strong work from the forwards, led superbly by Luke Roberts, created the position for Ross Studholme to slot over a penalty.
The Panthers continued the pressure and grabbed their first try through James Wallace, although Stanningley hit back to level at 6-6 at the break.
However, in the second half the Panthers were superb, scoring five unanswered tries through Wallace, Jason Dodd, Ben Cuttell, David Farrell and Ryan Heeley to take the game out of their opponents’ reach.
As well as a strong attacking display, Newsome also showed up well on defence, with Tom Good leading the way.
Newsome’s A team bounced back from a disappointing recent run of form to secure a 14-6 victory at Wyke A in Division VI.
Liam Barlow set the ball rolling with a first try after 10 minutes following some good approach work, and five minutes before the break Jamie Taylor went over for the second and Mat Oldfield goaled for a half-time lead of 10-0.
The second half was end-to-end stuff, with man-of-the-match Gareth Carter working tirelesly at hooker to help Martin Robinson make it 14-0 with 15 minutes to go.
Wyke then hit back to narrow the gap to eight points, but the Newsome defence held out.