LINDLEY SWIFTS have been rewarded with another home tie after beating Wortley Dragons 32-14 in the first round of the Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy.
The Swifts will face either Whitehall Warriors or Queensbury A and will be red-hot favourites to take their place in the third-round draw as a result of the way they slayed the Dragons.
Wortley are riding high at the top of the Pennine League IV table.
But they had no real answer to the superior fitness of their Third Division hosts.
There was little between the two sides in the opening half, with tries from Olly Brodzinski and Nick Staples helping to make it 10-10 at the interval.
Wortley started the second half the stronger, and only trysaving tackles from Brent Lee and the evergreen Shane Whitaker prevented the Dragons from taking the lead.
And even when winger Lee was sin-binned for a professional foul, the Swifts' brick-wall defence held out.
Eventually, Lindley were rewarded for their defensive efforts when a great pass from scrum half Ryan Whitaker released centre James Burns to race 40m and finally put the home side in control.
Whitaker again converted and then followed suit after loose- forward Ritchie Bower feined to kick on the last tackle and showed great sleight of hand to power over from 15m.
Next to strike was Staples, who bust the line from 80m, side-stepped the Wortley full-back and then goose-stepped through two tackles to score the try of the season.
And, to put the icing on the cake, debut prop Mick Mellor capped a fine performance by latching on to a great Brodzinski offload and powered over from 25m to seal an excellent Swifts win.
Lindley will be joined in the second round by either Slaithwaite Saracens or Newsome Panthers, whose weekend tie was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
The winners of the re-arranged contest have been drawn away to Hollinwood.
But Moldgreen are out of the Pennine President's Cup at the first hurdle - albeit after producing a battling performance.
The DRAM Centre-based side may be riding high at the top of the Pennine League Division table.
However, a contest at the home of the Premier Division leaders Drighlington proved one step too far.
Not surprisingly, they were beaten 26-10, with the final result proving they were far from outclassed.
In fact, it took their illustrious hosts 20 minutes to break the deadlock, and by half-time Moldgreen were still in the hunt at 12-0.
Matters weren't helped when the home side extended their lead to 18 points within minutes of the restart.
Fortunately, however, that proved to be the signal for Moldgreen to finally come to life.
Against the run of play, the visitors struck when Gillan Warrington beat Neil Thornton and Gary Monkhouse to get the vital touch to the ball, and there was a glimmer of hope at 18-4.
That hope was shortlived as the in-form top-flight side grabbed two further tries to take them out of sight.
But Moldgreen finished the stronger and scored the final try of the contest.
That came from 'secret weapon', player-coach Tim Jones, who brought himself on with 10 minutes remaining and quickly raced in for an excellent try, converted by Dave Heaton.
It was a score that was a fitting reward for Moldgeen's effort in which Rob Joyce and Warrington shared the man-of-the-match and Monkhouse, Roger and Darren Simpson, Abraham Phillips, Matt Johnson, Matt Oldfield and Mick Diskin all played well.