Thornhill Trojans kicked off their season in the NCL Division Two with an impressive 34-4 victory over Wigan St Judes.
Defences were very much on top in the opening 20 minutes of the game as neither side managed to find a way over the try line.
Thornhill opened the scoring as winger Jack Gledhill, who was making his league debut, burst down the touchline before switching the ball back inside to the supporting Andrew Lambert, who collected to score.
Thornhill looked to extend their lead further and appeared to have done so when George Woodcock put the ball down in the corner, however he was denied as the linesman signalled that he’d been tackled into touch.
Eventually Thornhill’s endeavour paid off when Danny Ratcliffe broke up the field on a terrific solo run. Ratcliffe weaved through the Wigan defence before a final dummy wrong footed the full-back giving Ratcliffe a clear run to the line.
The lead was increased just after the interval as Thornhill broke up field, George Stott played the ball to George Woodcock who put the ball down for an unconverted try.
Two quick tries from Thornhill effectively put the result beyond doubt. The ball was flung along the attacking line until it reached Ryan Fenton who reached over the try line to plant it down.
Moments later Tom Gledhill charged for the corner to go over the line, and there was a moment of confusion as the touch judge seemed to initially disallow the try however it was finallyy awarded.
Thornhill had the two points wrapped up but were not satisfied as they continued to increase their commanding lead. Jordan Clayton was the next name on the scoresheet as he twisted through tackles from close range for the try.
St Judes did manage a consolation try two minutes from time when Gavin Rodden burst away and showed great pace to prevent a Thornill whitewash.
With little time remaining the Trojans had the final word when Luke Haigh sent a looping ball out to Ratcliffe who collected to score between the posts.
Thornhill will be looking for more of the same as they face the long trip to take on Askam tomorrow afternoon (2.30pm) in Cumbria.
Picture: Dave Jewitt