Crosfields 44 Askam 12

IN Ian Boden’s first game as permanent head coach, Crosfields put on a sizzling display to stun high-flying Askam.

The visitors arrived at Hood Lane second in National Conference League Division Two, but were blown away by a Soap side who racked up their third win in a row.

Full-back John Whittaker scored a hat-trick for the second game running, while debutant centre Luke Walker announced his arrival in style with a try and a man-of-the-match display.

“I'm so proud of the lads,” a jubilant Boden said.

“Askam were 4 places above us and we know we're always in for a tough game against them.

“We contained them and found gaps against their tired defence.”

Walker’s break set up Soap’s first try as he found Hayden James before he went from provider to scorer shortly afterwards by crossing in the corner.

Askam hit back with their first try, but scores from Whittaker, Jack Reid and Tom Millington gave the hosts a comfortable 24-6 lead at the break.

The visitors got the opening score of the second half to briefly raise hopes of a comeback, but they were extinguished when Nathan Taylor crossed in the corner.

Whittaker then twice got on the end of offloads, first from Tom Brown and then from Kane Ditchfield, to complete his treble.

Some superb handling led to Soap’s ninth and final try, finished in the corner by Billy Sheen.

Boden’s side, now fifth in the table, welcome bottom club Saddleworth Rangers to Hood Lane on Saturday, kick off 2.30pm.