BURY Broncos continued their fine run of form in the North West Men’s Rugby League with a fourth consecutive victory last weekend.
A brace from captain Mark Brocklehurst, plus tries from Sam Donley, Mike Garside and Richard West edged them past Pilkington Recs A by six points – a win that saw them strenghten their grip on third place in the Division Three table.
Donley opened the scoring for Bury, who play their home games at Philips High School in Whitefield, in the ninth minute, the big prop going over from close range. Chris Ready tagged on the extras for an early 6-0 lead.
Pilkington soon levelled, as both sides made handling errors in the greasy conditions.
Bury’s next try came from one of those errors, as Pilkington gave away possession via a knock-on. Brocklehurst gathered the ball from the base of the resulting scrum and shot away from 40 metres out to touch down under the posts.
But Pilkington bounced back yet again with two quick tries to take the lead before the Broncos scored a third of their own just before half time.
Brocklehurst’s second followed some slick combination passing with Matthew Fish to break the visitors’ line before receiving the ball back and touching down to give Bury a slender two-point lead going into the break.
The home side started the stronger, scoring again early in the second half, but quick-thinking from West, who chipped the on-rushing defence before racing on to the ball to score, put Bury back in front. Garside then extended their advantage, ensuring a late Pilkington try was a mere consolation.
The Broncos will look to continue their winning streak next week against Burtonwood Bridge.