Hensingham 16 Woolston Rovers 32

DESPITE steering Woolston Rovers back to the top of National Conference League Division Three on Saturday, Mal Holt was not entirely pleased.

Rovers let a 16-0 lead slip as dogged opponents Hensingham fought back to level the scores, but they eventually re-established control despite playing a total of 20 minutes with 12 men as winger Alex Dunne was sin-binned on two separate occasions.

Harry Files starred with a hat-trick of tries with Kieran Moore, twice, and Dan Fearnley also crossing while Aaron Barber kicked four conversions.

While the scoreline may have delighted him, Green and Golds head coach Holt still had axes to grind.

“We got the result we wanted but the performance was far from perfect,” he said,

“It was a long trip to Cumbria and we were rewarded by coming home with two league points that moved us back to the top of the league.

“However, it took until the last 10 minutes before we managed to shake of a rugged Hensingham side.

“We gave away far too many penalties and never really took a hold on the game, but we got the job done which is the main thing.”

Woolston: Aaron Barber; Simon Bishop, Justin Becker, Dan Fearnley, Alex Dunne; Theo Holt, Kieran Moore; Sam Roberts, Ryan Brown, John Welch, Alex Smith, Matt Taylor, Harry Files. Subs: Scott Whiteley, Josh Sudlow, Kieran Sudlow, Andy Addison

Woolston Rovers A 16 Wigan Spring View 36

COACH Matt Lowe believes the final scoreline was harsh on Woolston Rovers A as they fell to NWML Division Three high-fliers Wigan Spring View.

Patryk Mazur crossed twice for Rovers at Monk Sports Club while further home tries came from Kieran Jones and Niall Toher but the visitors took home the spoils.

“The boys all gave their all and caused plenty of problems, but we committed a few handling errors,” Lowe said.

“Spring View capitalised to run out winners although the final score was a little harsh on the lads.

“We defended really well, especially in the first half, and were unlucky to not be ahead at the break.

“We can take plenty of positives from this game that will aid us moving forward.”

Woolston A: Kieran Jones; Conor Clarke, Louis Nixon, Olly Parr, Louis Griffiths; Alan Reddecliff, Olly Hands; Mike Ward, Dave Walker, Nathan Evans, Patryk Mazur, Tom Fagan, Chris Dean. Subs: Niall Toher, Ethan Jude, Connor Worsley, Matt Lowe