EAST booked their quarter final spot away to Wigan St Pat’s with a comfortable win at NCL Division 1 side Myton.
The team required a bit of re-shuffling on the way to the game as one of the selected wingers failed to arrive in time for departure and prop Steven Tooze was drafted into the squad. This led to Jonno Smith moving from second row to centre and Carl Redford from centre to wing.
The home side were awarded a kickable penalty from only the fourth tackle of the game when the referee adjudged an East player led with the forearm raised, giving Myton a two point lead.
East soon realised that composure was needed and settled into completing sets with John Taylor scoring in the corner. East took the lead to 10 points when Gary Middlehurst cut through the defensive line on the half hour, Adam Holland adding the conversion. Myton tried to use the wind in the second half utilising the high bomb but the experienced Mark Kay at full back was faultless.
The home defence was proving a tough nut to crack and it took until the 69th minute for Jonno Smith to increase East’s lead, Holland once converting from the left hand touchline. Five minutes later, Lyndon Smith broke from the east 20, crashing through over half way. From the quick play, the ball shot across the East line from right to left, a bit of quick interpassing between Wilcock and Adrian Dootson saw Wilcock fly in at the corner for one of the tries of the season, Holland landing the conversion from the left touch line.
Saturday is the quarter final of the National Cup at Wigan St Pats, followed by Bradford Dudley Hill away on Tuesday, April 5, ko 6.45pm.