West Hull back in the winners circle

West Hull back in the winners circle

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West Hull claimed the National Conference League Shield after a dominant 32-6 win over Kells at the Millennium Stadium in Featherstone.

After an even start, it was West Hull who took the lead. Jack Watts managed to get free, and got an offload away to Jack Ridsdill, who bumped off a couple of tackles and went over. Jack Lazenby could not add the conversion, meaning their lead stayed at four points.

The last champions of the NCL Premier Division went further ahead six minutes later. Benn Arbon was put through a gap and bumped off a covering tackle to score. Charlie Lumb scored the conversion to open up a 10-point lead.

Just past the half-hour, West Hull added another. This time, Josh Wood got a short ball off to Watts, who managed to barge over. Lumb added the conversion for a 16-point advantage at the break.

Despite a bright start from Kells in the second half, it was West Hull who claimed the next crucial try. They dropped the ball under pressure from a high kick, and Elliot Jones picked up and ran 30 metres to score. Kieran Wellburn scored the conversion.

Just before the hour, West Hull made absolutely sure of the result with another try. They kept the ball alive close to the Kells line, and spread it out to Ridsdale, who scored his second in the corner. The touchline conversion went just wide.

With 10 minutes left, Kells ensured they would be nilled, which would have been undeserved. Harry Watson managed to set Aaron Burns free on the wing, who cut inside to score. Watson then scored the conversion to reduce their deficit 20 points.

But the final word would go to West Hull. Watts broke up the field, and they managed to keep the ball alive again and Lazenby stepped around the last defender to get in on the act.

Kells: Grant Gainford, Aaron Burns, Jordan Burns, Harry Watson, Ryan Starkie, James Ennis, Tyrone Dalton, Ross Ainley, Jake Parker, David Lowery, Clark Chambers, Conor Hetherington, Tony Burns.

Subs: Will Ennis, Jack Ainley, Lewis Barwise, Blaine Graham.

Head Coach: Steve Kirkbride.

West Hull: Opie Palmer, Renaldas Sokolovas, Jack Watts, Louis Crowther, Jack Ridsdill, Paul Stamp, Jack Lazenby, Dale Ellerby, Josh Wood, Zeus Silk, Charlie Lumb, Ben Arbon, Elliot Jones.

Subs: Kieran Wellburn, Callum Beety, Robbie Jones, Will Gardiner.

Head Coach: Matt Hewitt

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