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Westhoughton Lions 4 Bury Broncos 54
BURY Broncos stayed on course for a finish in the North West Men’s League Division Four play-off slots with a comfortable win, despite the absence of five of the previous week’s squad.
Westhoughton were no pushovers, however, and held the Broncos – now fourth in the table – for the first 10 minutes, forcing a few penalties and almost breaking the deadlock on two occasions.
But as soon as Blake Roberts opened the scoring in the 11th minute, it was one-way traffic.
Chris Radford added a second try before Michael Garside, Brad White and Lee Salisbury finished tries of high quality to make the score 30-0 at the break.
The game followed a similar pattern to the previous week’s thumping 102-12 home success against Mancunians in that Bury kept the pressure on at the restart, scoring straight from the kick off, Garside claiming his second.
After Ben Jenkins finished a move started by a break from Salisbury and Phil Bygrave, the points were being racked up almost at will.
The Lions managed to get on the board after their full-back slalomed through a Bury defence which suffered from a notable lack of intensity.
Despite Neil Shackcloth completing a flawless kicking game after the visitors added two more tries from Sam Fairhurst, the match petered out into a flat finish, highlighted by the Lions’ failure to capitalise on five consecutive penalties after dropping the ball over the line. Meanwhile, The Bury Times-sponsored under-16s team concluded their league campaign with a 42-32 victory against Culcheth Eagles to end their inaugural season in the fifth place in the North West Youth League. They will now look to end their season with a win against Westhoughton Lions for the Bolton District Cup.
Bury will look to complete a local derby hat-trick of wins on Saturday when they welcome Bolton Mets to Philips High School in a game which kicks off at noon.