Lock Lane lift Under 18s Yorkshire Cup
On the same day as the Open age Final, the Under 18s played the first game with Lock Lane having too much class for brave Hull Dockers.
Here is Dave Parkinson's match report from the pages of League Weekly.
Hull Dockers 0 Lock Lane 41
By Dave Parkinson
A dominant second half which brought five tries, saw Lock Lane lift the Under 18 BARLA Yorkshire Cup as they defeated a brave Hull Dockers in the opening game of the Cup Finals day at Featherstone Rovers..
A tentative opening from both sides brought a number of handling errors before Lock Lane forced a dropout. After Jacob Wolford controlled a tricky restart, Lock Lane set the position and linked superbly down the left where Freddie Foy, Wolford and Bailey O'Connor moved the ball before Joe Abson stepped inside to run towards the post. His conversion made it 6-0 after ten minutes.
Harry Trulson tackled strongly for Hull Dockers but even he was displaced by a thunderous Andrew Harsthorne run. Dockers rallied and created a half-chance after 18 minutes when Charlie Webster kicked low and there was a brilliant pick up from Lewis Glasby. He was then forced in touch but notice was given.
For a time Hull Dockers were Lock Lane's equal, with some good running from the likes of Liam Craven and Logan Smith but when a low kick from Charlie Richmond was cleaned up, Lock Lane went back on the attack and scored their second try after 25 minutes when the classy O'Connor strode through from Abson's pass on the left. Abson converted to make it 12-0 to Lane.
Another varied kick from Webster caused problems for Lock Lane onto the last five minutes of the half and an error handed Dockers an opportunity but good defence firstly on Jack Cochran then Smith saw them come up short.
Cochran was again stopped short of the line as Dockers piled the pressure on. Oliver Dearing was held up over the line and Trulson was pushed back. One final flurry saw the ball switched down the left but the defence held firm and it was 12-0 to Hull Dockers at half-time.
Coming down the infamous Featherstone slope, Lock Lane started the second half superbly with a try after just three minutes. Once more Abson was at the hub, sending a short ball to Harry Kirk who dashed over on the left. Bradshaw had a try disallowed for a forward pass and although Dockers responded gamely, Lock Lane forced an error.
Lane continued to control the game and Abson made it a four-score encounter with a well-taken drop goal after 45 minutes to make it 19-0.
A mistake from the Castleford side brought some much-needed possession for Hull Dockers but good defence again held them at bay, before Lock Lane roared back downfield on the back of a great charge by Joshua Wood. Foy was held up over the line and excellent scramble from Hull Dockers prevented a try down their left.
Still, the men from Hull plugged away with halfback Charlie Richmond kicked forward for Hull Dockers and Joshua Brannigan ran clear only for the referee to award a penalty the way of Dockers. They test both sides of the Lock Lane defence before Richmond was held up. A low kick created a little indecision for Lock Lane but they recovered.
Then with 56 minutes gone Keanu Bean forced his way over following a succession of offloads and Abson continued his 100% record with the boot to land his 4th goal and improve his sides lead to 25-0. Two minutes later Dockers hearts were broken when O'Connor scythed through the defence on halfway and touched down at the right corner. That made it 29-0 with ten minutes remaining.
Lock Lane scored a further try when Billy Marsh burrowed over from close range with Abson striking his fifth goal to confirm his standing as the man-of-the-match.
Abson was at the heart of the next score as Lane started to run away with things. He ducked a couple of tackle attempts and shimmied to the left before unselfishly feeding Kirk for his second try. Abson hit his 6th goal to make it 41-0 and confirm their name on the trophy.
Hull Dockers: Jack Cochran, Elliott Sargeson, Luke Armstrong, Riley Wilson, Lewis Glasby; Charlie Webster, Charlie Richmond; Kieran Blanchard, Oliver Dearing, Jamie Major, Liam Craven, Logan Smith, Harry Trulson. Subs: Connor Campbell, Connor Thompson, Kai Middlebrook, Joshua Brannigan.
Lock Lane: Bailey O'Connor, Owen Hand, Joe Herczeg, Keanu Bean, Ethan Bradshaw; Joe Abson, Jacob Wolford; Patrick O'Donavan, Freddie Foy, Andrew Hartshorne, Leo Marchant, Harry Kirk, Devon Taylor. Subs: Billy Marsh, Joshua Wood, Ryan Wood, Sam Gilbert
Tries: Abson (10), O'Connor (25, 58), Kirk (37, 66), Bean (56), Marsh (62)
Goals: Abson 6/7
Drop goal: Abson (45)