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BARLA Raid Police To Take The Spoils In Skanska Cup Victory

Holders BARLA remain unbeaten in the Skanska Cup after a 34-16 victory over the British Police who showed on their opening game in the competition that they could be a force to be reckoned with challenging for a place in the final later this year. BARLA went 10-0 ahead in the opening eight minutes with the Police pulling it back to six points at the break. BARLA then went 28-4 up on the hour before a spirited fightback by the police brought it back to 28-16 before a Chris Lee interception try three minutes from time settled the issue.

BARLA opened the scoring in the second minute after the Police had lost possession early in the tackle count and they quickly moved the ball down the line and centre Tim Sutcliffe scored in the corner. Craig Holmes who was playing centre and had an eventful game missed the conversion but kicked his four other attempts later in the game.

Six minutes later it was 10-0 as again superb handling by BARLA’s forwards and backs saw Holmes cross the whitewash and the side were scoring at over a point a minute.

It looked as if it was going to be a hard day at the office but the Police recovered their composure and took the game to BARLA being well marshalled by halfbacks Danny Atherton and Adam Newton. BARLA’s cause wasn’t helped by losing the ball early in the tackle count and play being brought back for forward passes when in good positions.

On 24 minutes the Police struck back superbly when winger Darren Birch went down the wing, he appeared to be tackled and halted but managed to get away from his marker 40 metres out. He continued his run along the wing before drawing the fullback and passing inside to second row forward Steve Williams to score on his debut.

The Police gradually began to turn the screw and only solid defence thwarted them.

BARLA then scored three converted tries in eleven minutes to take control of the game following a sin binning for the Police. On 49 minutes prop Trevor Penrose crashed over under the posts quickly followed by stand off John McMullen who stole the ball to go under the posts as the Police stopped and waited for the referee’s whistle. Gary Lumb broke through and went 30 metres under the posts when at that stage Holmes had been sin binned. McMullen added the extras to the try and it looked plain sailing for BARLA.

But the Police hit back and took the game to BARLA and on 64 minutes as a result of sustained pressure hooker Adam Fogerty drove over in the corner and Atherton landed a magnificent touchline conversion. Ten minutes later superb ball handling saw prop Phil Chappell bust over in the corner for a converted try.

But BARLA had the last word on 77 minutes as the Police were looking for their fourth try. Newton tried putting a long pass out but was intercepted by Lee who went half the length of the field to score.

BARLA: Dave Critchley (Eccles & Salford Juniors); Danny Smith (Shaw Cross Sharks), Craig Holmes (Thornhill Trojans), Tim Sutcliffe (West Bowling), Chris Lee (West Hull); John McMullen (Wigan St Judes), Kev Brown (Eastmoor Dragons); James Fairbank (Elland), Joe Elliott (Barrow Island), Trevor Penrose (Skirlaugh), Gary Lumb (Cutsyke), Jimmy Rogers (Saddleworth Rangers), Anthony Broadhead (Thornhill Trojans). Subs: Mike Backhouse (Roose Pioneers), Paul Brown (Castleford Panthers), Matt Myers (Shaw Cross Sharks), Matt Jefferson (Barrow Island), Kev Dickens (Sharlston Rovers), Mike Caville (West Hull).
Tries: Sutcliffe, Holmes, Penrose, McMullen, Lumb, Lee
Goals: Holmes 4/5, McMullen 1/1

BRITISH POLICE: Alan Clark (Lancashire); Darren Birch (Leicestershire), Mark Elvidge (Greater Manchester), Matt Dunn (West Yorkshire), Dave Edmondson (Greater Manchester); Danny Atherton (Greater Manchester), Adam Newton (West Yorkshire); Phil Chappell (West Yorkshire), Adam Fogerty (Lancashire), Nick Smart (West Yorkshire), Steve Williams (Cheshire), Danny Ambler (Greater Manchester), Gary Lowe (Lancashire). Subs: Paul Riley (West Yorkshire), Paul Devine (West Yorkshire), Richard Oxley (West Yorkshire), Rashid Alawya (Metropolitan Police), Tom Howden (Metropolitan Police), Gary Johnston (Metropolitan Police), Paul Smith (West Yorkshire).
Tries: Williams, Fogerty, Chappell
Goals: Atherton 2/3

Referee: Liam Todd (Leeds)

Steve Manning
BARLA Media Manager & PRO

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