Rugby League: Moorends’ survival hopes hit by Saracens defeat

Moorends Thorne Marauders coach Neil Barron. Picture: Marie Caley D1082MC
Moorends Thorne Marauders coach Neil Barron. Picture: Marie Caley D1082MC
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Moorends Thorne Marauders are still looking to open their account in 2014 in the Pennine Amateur Rugby League Championship Division, writes Steve Hossack.

The Doncaster club’s hopes of avoiding the drop suffered another setback as Slaithwate Saracens, now up to third, dished out a 38-10 beating at the Recreation Ground.

“We again competed well for the first 30 minutes with the forwards,” said Moorends’ coach Neil Barron.

“But we lost the ball at vital times and two back-to-back tries put Slaithwaite in front.”

The third quarter was all Slaithwaite and they scored another five tries without reply to pull well clear.

Moorends eventually found their rhythm and scored two well-worked tries through Jason Blanchard and first team debutant Clayton Hopkins in the final quarter.

Bentley Good Companions’ Championship One home game against leaders Illingworth was called off due to a waterlogged pitch, as was Toll Bar’s home Division One clash against Sharlston Rovers A.

Moorends Thorne Marauders A were also left kicking their heels after their Division Seven game at Halton Moor Storm was also a victim of the wet weather.

The third-placed team will be hoping to get back into action this weekend when they are scheduled to visit Cowling Harlequins.

The club’s first team are in action at home to fellow strugglers Dewsbury Moor, with Bentley set to travel to take on St Josephs.

Toll Bar take a break from league action when they hope to play their rearranged Andrew Bennett Memorial Cup tie at Wyke.