THORNHILL TROJANS swept aside a very youthful West Bowling team to maintain their climb towards the Premier Division summit, with a 64-18 win.
Both teams exchanged tries in the game’s opening moments. First Adam Bird charged over in the corner for an unconverted try.
This score was quickly cancelled out by Chris Curtain when the Trojans’ defence was over stretched and the Bowling winger dived over.
Thornhill soon found a purple patch when Jordan Lowther broke clear and passed to the supporting Gibson, who did well to keep hold of the low pass and go over for a try.
Prop Ben Kendall then went on a rampaging run down the touchline for a superb long0range effort, before Sam Ratcliffe stepped away from a number of would-be defenders to score.
Danny Ratcliffe broke clear and unselfishly passed to put the supporting Gibson over for a try.
Thornhill continued their form when Richard Bostock ran his line well and showed tremendous strength to force his way over.
This was quickly followed by another try when Liam Morley and Danny Ratcliffe combined for the latter to complete the move.
The attacking play was momentarily interrupted with a slight melee and Bostock was sent to the sin-bin for use of the elbow.
Once order was restored Bird broke away on a run and passed the ball to Gibson who raced away to score his hat-trick try.
The game was over as a meaningful contest by half-time as Thornhill were sitting comfortably at 46-4.
But to their credit the young Bowling players refused to give in and two unconverted tries straight after the restart from winger James Crabb showed that there was a fight left in the visitors.
However, Thornhill winger Mindaugas Bendikas sprinted over half the length of the field to prove that the Trojans hadn’t shut up shop just yet.
Ollie Bartle scored Bowling’s final try of the game when he went over in the corner, and Ben Heald converted.
All hell broke loose when West’s Ben Cousins appeared to use a swinging arm in a tackle, and once tempers had simmered the referee showed Cousins the red card.
An inside pass then put Sam Ratcliffe over for a try which he converted himself and just before full-time Anthony Harris crashed over for a four-pointer.