LIVE MATCH CAST

16.05

The Matchcast returns, all things being equal, at Wath Brow next weekend. See you there!

16.05

Lee Gittens outstanding today, Scott O’Brien and Jimmy Muir also, Shaun Dowie great game in attack and defence

16.04

Good win for Miners, it was a far more even game than the scoreline suggests but that blitz either side of the interval decided matters.

16.02

FT 38-14

16.01

Handover on the Miners’ line

16.01

Warriors away again, they’ve certainly not thrown the towel in, but Miners have defended magnificently

16.00

Kitson conversion 38-14

16.00

Scant consolation but Warriors some reward for their efforts, Daryl Gaunt over the line

15.58

76min Warriors TRY

15.57

O’Brien with the kick through and McClelland gathers it under pressure. Another penalty and Miners will see out the game with twelve men as Grey is sin-binned

15.56

Kitson hoists the bomb and Muir has a slight juggle but claims it on his 10m

15.55

Bravo away and pops the ball up for Gaunt but they are held on half way

15.55

Conversion missed 38-8

15.55

Miners work the ball left and Muir puts Jack Probert over at the left

15.54

71min Miners TRY

15.54

O’Brien weaves out of Sebine’s tackle but is felled, Sebine exacts revenge with a flop and is penalised

15.53

Warriors lose the ball though and Waterworth is away from his 20m

15.52

Referee Callaghan doesn’t look kindly upon that style of tackling though, Warriors penalty

15.51

Bravo storming through again and then Scott, who has been lively, makes the mini-break but is felled by Dowie, whose tackling style is modelled on a lion diving on a wildebeest

15.50

Rowland’s try claim ruled out for knock on

15.49

Miners force the error though and have possession inside the Warriors’ 20m

15.46

Muir lofts the kick into the Warriors’ 10m on the last, good set for the home side who haven’t seen much possession in the last ten minutes

15.45

Warriors’ kicking game hasn’t functioned today though. Kitson’s effort on the last goes dead for the 20m restart

15.44

Miners defending like Trojans, Bravo hauled down, but the pressure is relentless

15.43

Warriors continue to press, plenty of effort by the visitors and now another penalty on the Miners line

15.42

More improvisation by Warriors as West and then Scott show their football skills, Lee Gittens palms the ball dead for a drop out

15.41

Miners try to be inventive on the last but Waterworth’s improvised kick on the last is mopped up on his 30m by Bateson

15.39

Warriors try to move play left but the wide pass to Sebine goes dead on the Miners 30m for a scrum

15.38

O’Brien almost through, his first chip deflects kindly for him to kick beyond the fullback but the ball bounces dead before he can pounce

15.37

Miners scramble and I have to say if you didn’t know the scoreline you would think there were two points in it, both sides are utterly pumped up. The home side hold out and it’s a bit of an aimless kick on the last which goes dead

15.36

Bravo away again, the man is a monster, the offload to Gaunt but a fine tackle by Muir just topples him. Miners penalised for offside though

15.35

Miners try the expansive stuff on half way but it doesn’t come off as a pass goes forward and then to ground, the free play comes to naught and we go back for the Warriors scrum just inside their own half

15.34

Good defence by Miners, Cunningham cuts along the line but is timbered by Rowlands before Gaunt tries the dink over the top but it runs harmlessly dead for the 20m restart

15.33

Gaunt with the offload and it bounces from Day’s arms but he regathers and almost spins over the line

15.32

Warriors looked for a way back in and with half an hour left anything could happen, Warriors back to back penalties on the Miners line

15.31

The veteran scrum half is going to have to leave the field though

15.31

From the scrum an awkward fall by Baker as he receives the ball, his leg seemed to buckle and play immediately stopped. Thankfully he is up fairly quickly but that looked nasty

15.30

Bravo is still a threat though, great drive and offload and Miners knock the ball down as Cunningham looks to support, Warriors scrum on the Miners 40m

15.29

It works as Sebine wraps Lee Gittens up, O’Brien bomb on the last and West does well to take it on his 30m

15.28

Warriors reshuffle to try to stem the flow on the left, Sebine moves to the wing

15.28

Conversion missed 34-8

15.27

Miners on fire at the moment and nobody more so than Lee Gittens, he’s scorched through again and this time puts Jake Waterworth over for the try

15.26

45min Miners TRY

15.25

It’s all coming down the right now, Lee Gittens away again but the pass to Waterworth is palmed into touch by West, Miners scrum on the Warriors 40m

15.24

Eccleston con 30-8

15.24

Great work by Lee Gittens again, Scott O’Brien sets him away on half way and he scorches through the centres before flipping the ball inside for O’Brien to step the fullback and score

15.23

42min Miners TRY

15.22

Warriors kick long and it runs dead for the 20m tap, Muir is quick to take it

15.21

Miners kick off and Warriors take on their 20m, before working infield through Brown

15.20

The two teams emerge, Miners attacking the Welch Mill End in the second half

15.18

Still anyone’s game though

15.17

Hard to find the pattern to this game, it’s been fast and furious and end to end, but those two tries in as many minutes for Miners put a whole different complexion on things at the break

15.17

HT 24-8

15.16

Eccleston conversion 24-8

15.16

Miners end the half with a flourish and Scott O’Brien cuts his way through for the try under the sticks

15.15

40min Miners TRY

15.12

From the restart and a lung-bursting drive up the middle by Farrimond and then Muir, Miners on the attack again

15.12

Eccleston magnificent conversion 18-8

15.11

First half hat-trick for Shaun Dowie, he is in on the overlap following an initial break by Lee Gittens and Waterworth. Miners work play along the line for Dowie to cross

15.09

36min Miners TRY

15.08

Eccleston kicks early and McClelland is bamboozled by the bounce but recovers, but there’s a knock-on at the play the ball, Miners scrum on the Warriors 40m

15.07

Testing bomb by Kitson and Muir takes it well under pressure

15.06

The restart bounces over two Warriors players but they recover and are full of running at the moment

15.06

Not a day for kickers as Kitson pulls the conversion wide. 12-8

15.05

That’s the threat Warriors pose, Baker offloads and from 40m out Caldon Bravo is unstoppable as he storms through for a fine try

15.05

31min Warriors TRY

15.04

Warriors in turn kick on the last and Miners return to half way but that’s a forward pass again, Warriors scrum on half way. The dog has returned to the fray as well, hopefully somebody will catch it

15.03

Miners kick on the last and Warriors return it from their 20m

15.03

Away from that shaggy dog story conversion missed, 12-4

15.02

A rather hairy black dog has taken the opportunity to do a streak across the pitch during the break in play. It’s done well seeing as it only has three legs

15.02

Good play by Miners and Eccleston puts Shaun Dowie scrambling over for his second

15.01

27min Miners TRY

14.59

Slight comedy moment there, Baker tries to offload but as Bravo shapes to catch it Meaden nips round and intercepts. Waterworth then felled by a high tackle, Miners penalty 30m out which they run

14.58

O’Brien with a 40-20 seeker but West is back well and keeps it in play, Miners chase well

14.58

Warriors spread it right but Miners scramble and West is nudged into touch metres short

14.57

Gaunt breaks clear on half way, Warriors have made a few promising breaks, Muir with the tackle though

14.56

Miners try to spread it wide but it’s a forward pass which has put Dowie away, now a penalty for dissent and Warriors to the Miners 40m

14.55

Bravo is warming up and he charges forward, Baker crab-like tries to offload on the last but Meaden is on hand to tidy up and Miners come away

14.54

From the scrum Miners strike down the right, Lee Gittens surging clear but the pass to Waterworth goes to ground

14.53

Poor play by Warriors as the kick goes out on the full, Miners scrum on half way

14.52

Eccleston dinks the kick over on the last tackle but Bravo gathers and disdainfully fends off the tackle to launch a counter

14.51

McClelland almost slices through but is ankle tapped and stumbles 20m short. Warriors still on the attack but Baker is pinged for crossing on the Miners’ line

14.49

Miners lose the ball on half way and Warriors can counter, they have a penalty for holding down and are on the Miners’ 40m

14.48

Good break by Eccleston up to the Miners’ 40m

14.48

Conversion missed 8-4

14.47

From the restart and via a fine Astley drive Miners spin the ball left, Eccleston and Muir put Shaun Dowie diving over for the try

14.46

13min Miners TRY

14.46

The restart is allowed to go dead by Warriors, cardinal sin, drop-out

14.45

If that was Augusta the conversion attempt was a sandwedge, it loops across the face of goal. 4-4

14.44

The pressure tells, Kitson moves the ball left and Gary McClelland slices his way through

14.44

10min Warriors TRY

14.44

Another penalty for holding down, Miners scrambling well but under pressure

14.43

Little weaving run by Gaunt into the Miners half then Kitson puts Cunningham charging clear, a despairing defence hauls him just short and now a penalty for holding down

14.41

Good driving by Bateson, who appears somewhat fired up

14.41

Miners now spill the ball on half way, Warriors can launch an attack

14.40

Bravo now smashes up the middle to the 40m but he spills the ball as he hits the deck, Miners scrum

14.40

Miners squander it though, Eccleston’s pass to Nicholson is spilled, Warriors come away through the redoubtable form of Cunningham

14.39

It doesn’t last long though as Astley crunches big prop Bateson and he spills the ball on his 20m, Miners attacking scrum

14.38

Almost for Miners. O’Brien weaves to the line then Meaden tries to find Lee Gittens again but it’s a difficult chance and goes to ground on the line. Warriors scrum on their 10m and their first possession

14.37

Penalty to half way, Grimes surges into the Warriors’ half

14.37

Miners’ penalty, Lyons too long holding down in the tackle

14.37

The restart slightly longer this time, Eccleston sends Astley charging forward

14.36

Conversion missed 4-0

14.35

Just the start for Miners, Meaden runs right and then flings a wide pass to Lee Gittens to shrug off the tackle and score out wide

14.35

3min Miners TRY

14.35

Miners on the Warriors’ 20m

14.34

Grimes almost sidesteps his way through then O’Brien bomb on the last, McClelland has to bundle it dead for the drop out

14.33

Sniping Meaden run to half way

14.33

We’re off and it’s a testing kick, Grimes has to make good yards to gather it on his 25m

14.32

Miners will be attacking the Welch Mill End in the first half, with Warriors taking the kick

14.32

The two teams out and an immaculately-observed minute’s silence for Bob Dowling

14.06

Referee is Jamie Callaghan

14.06

Stag party season comes early to Miners, and combined with weddings and injury it leads to plenty of changes. In the amber and black Miners are :-

Jimmy Muir, Jake Waterworth, Lee Gittens. Shaun Dowie, Jack Probert, Kieron Eccleston, Scott O’Brien, Tom Farrimond, Matty Meaden, Matt Astley, Ellis Grimes, Mark Nicholson, Dave Rowlands Subs – Martin Gray, Daryl Appleby, Gary Gittens, Matty Campbell

14.04

Under new coach Gareth Baker, our visitors are in sky and navy blue and line up as :-

Gary McClelland, Lee West, Mick Lyons, Mark Cunningham, Damian Smith, Nathan Kitson, Jim Baker, Dale Bateson, Daryl Gaunt, James Woods, David Norton, Paul Sebine, Caldon Bravo Subs – Luke Day, Brad Gill, Ben Brown, Matty Scott

14.02

On the pitch and two teams with plenty of changes in personnel from their last outing. Warriors fought back from 12-0 and two minutes on the clock when we last met in the Challenge Cup in February, but fell just short

14.01

The club yesterday hearing the sad news of the passing of Miners Rangers legend Bob Dowling at the age of 72, needless to say we will be observing a minute’s silence in memory of Bob ahead of kick-off today

14.00

Afternoon all and welcome to a rather chilly Twist Lane for today’s NCL Premier game against Hunslet Warriors

08.13

Our match cast broke new ground last season and we are back again in 2014 sponsored by Gary and Elaine. Our next game is at home to Hunslet Warriors on Saturday 12th April 2.30pm ko with updates running from approximately 2.15pm