Scun­thorpe go top af­ter Bridg­north slip

Mid­lands Premier

The Rugby Paper - - Feature / Regional Premier Leagues -

LUCTONIANS kept pace with the lead­ers thanks to a scin­til­lat­ing 55-0 vic­tory over Derby.

Tries from Ai­den Cheshire, Josh Watkins and Rob Ben­gry steered them into a 22-0 lead at the in­ter­val with the other points com­ing from the boot of Sam Box­hall.

If Derby had strug­gled for posses­sion in the open­ing 40 min­utes then there was worse to fol­low af­ter the break as the Herefordshire side stormed out of sight.

Max Katji­jeko added his name to the score­sheet with Cheshire, Watkins and Ben­gry all claim­ing their sec­ond tries of the match.

For­mer Birm­ing­ham Mose­ley speed­ster Drew Cheshire wrapped things up in the fi­nal few min­utes.

Scun­thorpe climbed to the top of the ta­ble thanks to a 34-12 vic­tory over visi­tors Bournville.

It looked to be plain sail­ing for the Lin­colnshire out­fit, who went in at the break with a 22-5 ad­van­tage but their Birm­ing­ham visi­tors upped their game in the sec­ond half to re­strict their hosts - even­tu­ally seal­ing an im­por­tant win.

New­port are up to sec­ond and just a soli­tary point off the top but were given a scare by lowly

Bur­ton be­fore run­ning out 39-31 win­ners.

Lucts may have been the day’s big­gest win­ners but

Sh­effield weren’t too far be­hind them as they romped to a 52-0 vic­tory over rock bot­tom Sys­ton.

The York­shire boys in blue proved far too pow­er­ful up front, win­ning a string of penal­ties at the scrum and us­ing their dom­i­nant pack to drive their way to vic­tory.

An­drew Hodg­son and Dom Par­sons were on the score­sheet in a one-sided open­ing half that fin­ished 31-0 in Sh­effield’s favour, Steve De­pledge and An­gus Hughes among the tries in the sec­ond pe­riod as they

com­pleted the rout.

Bridg­north started the day at the top but dropped to third af­ter be­ing held to a 19-19 draw away at a plucky Sand­bach.

And it could have been worse for the visi­tors, who trailed 19-7 at one point be­fore a sec­ond half fight­back.

Else­where, Lich­field won a try-fest at home to

Don­caster Phoenix 52-38 where Tom Tay­lor and Brad Rawl­ins grabbed two tries apiece for the Stafford­shire side.

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