DEWSBURY MOOR came back to action with style, following a four-week lay off, gaining a comprehensive 50-6 win at Moorends Thorne Marauders.
The game had been dubbed a relegation battle – with both sides nearing the bottom two before kick-off – but Moor proved too strong as they dominated throughout.
With the Under-18s cup tie at St Helens called off, the visitors added Tobias Richardson, Bradley Foster and Cameron Bruce to an experienced Dewsbury side.
It was the experience that told when the maroon and golds took the lead when Adie Moor blasted over, and James Delaney goaled for a 6-0 advantage.
Moor continued their pressure and were rewarded when Rob Senior went over for a try.
Delaney again tagged the extras for a 12-0 lead.
The hosts bounced back immediately however, when their scrum half capitalised after Dewsbury failed to deal with his high kick.
The goal was added to get Moorends on the scoresheet at 12-6.
This was only a brief rest bite for the home side as Moor continued to batter their line, this time Anthony Boardman scored to continue his try scoring run.
Delaney converted for his third goal of the game.
Soon after, good play released Danny Frain down the wing and his clever offload as he lept for the line sent Foster over, for his first open age try.
The conversion was missed but Dewsbury held a healthy 22-6 lead at half time.
The second period was one way traffic as the hosts struggled to break through the Moor defence.
At the other end Moorends defence was caught napping, allowing for two quick-fire tries by Phil Shotton and Peter Robinson.
Alex Jeffs backed up a forward break and showed good anticipation to support the ball carrier and go over for a try.
Richardson dived over out wide after a great team try, and he was soon proving an attacking threat again when he made a 60 metre break down field.
He was halted short, but with the Moorends defence stretched, the ball was sent out and centre Bartley O’Brian got on the scoresheet.
Delaney added three more conversions, to bring his tally to six for the day, with debutant Frain adding the other goal in his first game of rugby league.
Goal-kicker Delaney picked up the man-of-the-match award.