UNDER-STRENGTH Emley Moor produced a solid all-round display to beat Wyke 22-4 in Division I.
Despite having just 13 men available, the fourth-placed hosts were dominant throughout and by half-time had opened up a 12-0 lead.
Jason Southwell opened the scoring with a powerful try and Matthew Johnson followed up with the second, with Michael Lang adding both conversions to put Moor in control.
Within minutes of the restart Southwell had made it even more comfortable by adding a second converted score.
And despite mid-table Wyke hitting back with their only try of the game, it was fitting that Moor should have the last word as Darren Southwell crossed late in the contest to seal an excellent victory in which Ben Adamson – playing of full-back – and Scott Wilkinson were in top form.
In fact, it proved a good day all round for the Emley Moor club as their second team reached the semi-final of the Supplementary Cup with a 60-56 triumph at Meltham All Blacks.
Moor started strongly and soon added to their 16-point handicap start with a superb Karl Adamski try, converted by John Roebuck.
Taff Barron managed to squeeze over for Moor’s second just before the break and in the second half Robbie Hepworth crossed for a well-taken try, converted by Roebuck, to keep Emley’s noses slightly in front.
Meltham were always going to be up against it, although their late charge so nearly proved enough.
Shane Dawson scored his side’s only try of the first half, but after the break, the home side added four further tries, with in-form Dawson completing a hat trick and Lewis Healey and Richard Ellis adding the others.
Rob Lewis and Ellis converted all but one of the tries between them as they came close to turning the tie around in a contest where Matthew Carter was named Meltham’s man-of-the-match.
ST JOSEPH’S A set up a Supplementary Cup semi-final showdown with Slaithwaite A after a narrow and hard-fought 24-20 triumph at Newsome A.
The Panthers started the game strongly and were soon 14-0 ahead with tries from Jamie Taylor and Jordan Andrade and two conversions and a penalty from Billy Stephenson.
But then the visitors came to life and cut the deficit to two points with tries from Martin Mosse and Steve O’Keefe and two Sam Hendrick goals.
A Joe Kelly try and Hendrick penalty nudged Joe’s ahead before the Panthers regained the lead with a second Taylor try, and it looked like it could be Newsome’s day.
But with 10 minutes left O’Keefe crashed over for a second score and Hendrick converted to seal a hard-fought win in which Josh Costello, Joe Kelly and Darren Kelly were the main men for Joes and Paul Nicholson was man-of-the-match for the Panthers.