Maroons blitz Bulldogs

DEWSBURY MOOR’S attacking machine clicked into gear as they produced a second-half rally at Brotherton to reach round two of the Pennine Presidents Cup with a 40-18 win.

Having rested a number of young players for the following day’s under-18s BARLA Yorkshire Cup semi-final, Moor had been kept level early in the second half.

But a second stanza blitz saw them score 22 unanswered points to knock their Championship One rivals out of the league cup.

The half-back partnership of Dominic Flanagan and the experienced Peter Robinson proved too hot to handle for the Bulldogs.

And it was stand-off Flanagan’s deft kick which got second-rower Matt Shaw over for the opening try.

Flanagan added the conversion.

But the hosts replied immediately and a converted try brought them back level with 15 minutes on the clock.

In an end-to-end opening Jonjoe Fox’s break allowed second-rower Ashley Boddy to race in from close range for a 10-6 lead.

Brotherton countered and the Maroon and Golds were only saved when left winger Jack Clarkson defused a dangerous looking bomb, despite being under immense pressure.

But his heroics were short-lived as the home side went over for an equalising try, before converting for a 12-10 lead.

The versatile Bartley O’Brien – playing at hooker – guided his troops around the park and good hit-ups from Jamie Samme, Phil Shotton and Danny Wardman kept the pressure on the hosts.

Their hard work soon paid off when Robinson and Flanagan linked up once more for the latter to dive over for a try.

The conversion drifted wide, but Dewsbury held a narrow advantage.

Moor kept up the attacks and Flanagan’s well-timed pass allowed speedy full-back Lewis Holliday to chime into the line for his first open age try, on debut.

The conversion was once again missed as Dewsbury went into half-time with an 18-12 lead.

Brotherton were soon celebrating upon the resumption as they ran in for a converted try to level the scores.

But their celebrations were brief as Flanagan found the space to go over for a self-converted try to retake the lead.

Moor kept up the pressure and after Adam Barratt was held up short, Wardman blasted his way over for a try.

Samme took over the kicking duties to extend the visitors’ lead.

Moor weren’t about to relax and Robinson broke through before finding the supporting O’Brien who went the remaining 40 metres to touch down under the uprights.

Samme added the extra two.

A shell-shocked Brotherton could do little to stop the Moor attack and it was no surprise when Robinson sent the rampaging Alex Jeffs over for a final try.

The conversion was missed but Moor had won in style. They now take a three-week break from action, recommencing on Saturday January 3.

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