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Championship round-up - week 14

Championships

Featherstone Rovers are six points clear in the Championship after their 26-16 win at third-placed Halifax.

But second-placed Leigh missed a chance to close that gap when they went down 32-12 to Batley on Sunday afternoon.

Batley gained a psychological advantage going into Thursday's Northern Rail Cup semi-final rematch at Mount Pleasant.

The Yorkshire side ran in five tries through Josh Griffin, new signing Mick Govin, Kris Lythe, Alex Brown and Gareth Moore, who kicked six goals.

Ian Mort had given the Centurions the lead with a 14th-minute try, converted by Mick Nanyn. But the visitors did not score again until Steve Maden's late consolation try.

Leigh have the home advantage when the teams meet on Thursday night for a place against Keighley or Widnes (who meet at Cougar Park on Sunday) in the Northern Rail Cup final.

Widnes suffered a setback ahead of Sunday's semi-final by losing 20-24 at home to Barrow - but not before a spirited second-half fightback.

The Raiders led 22-4 at half-time thanks to tries from Michael Knowles (2) and Ned Catic.

But Richard Varkulis and Jim Gannon both touched down twice as Widnes ended up outscoring their visitors by four tries to three, only for Barrow's Jamie Rooney to prove the match-winner with his six goals.

Widnes' hosts on Sunday, Keighley, also finished on the wrong end of a four-point home defeat, going down 16-20 against fellow strugglers Dewsbury.

Previously winless Dewsbury finally got off the mark at the 13th attempt as they soared above Whitehaven to ninth in the table.

Rob Spicer, Ayden Faals, Pat Walker and Andrew Bostock scored the Rams' tries, while Dominic Brambani kicked two goals.

Brendan Rawlings and skipper James Feather scored the tries for Keighley and Danny Jones kicked four goals but was also sin-binned.

Whitehaven dropped into the relegation zone after going down 24-14 to Sheffield in their first home game since the death of former player Garry Purdham.

The Cumbrians led 4-0 at half-time thanks to Derry Eilbeck's try, but Papua New Guinea centre Menzie Yere scored twice as Sheffield dominated the second half.

Peter Green, Matt Cook and Brendon Lindsay also got tries for the Eagles and Irish international Tim Bergin kicked two goals to seal Haven's seventh straight defeat, while winger Craig Calvet touched down twice for the home side.

In Thursday night's third v first contest at The Shay, Halifax could not prevent Featherstone from completing the league double over them.

Tries from Liam Welham, Jamie Field and Jesse Joe Parker put Rovers 14-0 up, before Luke Branighan pulled one back close to half-time.

But Ross Divorty and a second try for Welham sealed Rovers' win, Paul White and Ben Black scoring consolations for Halifax.

Barrow were the victors in Tuesday night's West Cumbrian derby against Whitehaven, winning 30-0 on an emotional night at Craven Park.

Five tries, all unerringly converted by half-back Jamie Rooney, sealed Haven's fate on an evening dedicated to the tragic passing of Purdham.

Bob Ballard notched the first in the opening period, before Brett McDermott crossed to double the score.

Rooney grabbed the third, and Martin Ostler and Andy Bracek sealed the rout.

Whitehaven have signed prop Kyle Bibb on a month's loan from Wakefield.

Championship One

Oldham opened up a three-point lead at the top with Sunday's 28-18 win over Doncaster.

Lucas Onyango and Mick Fogerty scored first-half tries as the Roughyeds led 12-6 and they secured an 11th win of the season thanks to second-half scores from Valu Bentley, Joe Chandler and John Gillam.

Doncaster's try-scorers were Jack Ely, Rob Lunt and Chris Spurr, with Simon Brown kicking three goals.

Second-placed Hunslet lost ground on Oldham after going down 28-22 at Rochdale, whose fifth successive win helped them to consolidate fourth place.

The Hawks led 22-10 at half-time thanks to tries from Tom Haughey, player-coach Paul March, Neil Lowe and Charlie Wabo and three goals from Danny Grimshaw.

Hornets turned the tables thanks to tries from Dean Gorton, Andrew Saywell and Adam Bowman, who added to first-half tries from Wayne English and Danny Samuels.

Third-placed Blackpool returned to winning ways after back-to-back losses with a 24-10 win over Workington.

Town led 10-6 at half-time thanks to two tries from Brett Carter but the Panthers dominated in the second half, Danny Halliwell, John Clough and Tom Hemingway adding to Martin Ainscough's solitary first-half try.

Hemingway also kicked four goals for a personal haul of 12 points.

Blackpool were without prop Andy Hobson, who has been suspended for five games after being found guilty of two offences against York City Knights on 30 May.

Hobson was banned for one match for a trip on York's Luke Hardbottle in the first minute of the Championship One fixture.

The 31-year old was also suspended for four matches after being found guilty of a Grade D offence, using his forearm on Nathan Freer in the final minute.

Swinton winger Rob Foxen scored six minutes from the end to secure a dramatic 16-12 win over South Wales, a third successive victory that lifts the Lions into the play-off positions.

Aled James' try on 68 minutes, which added to Steve Parry's first-half effort brought the Scorpions level at 12-12.

Lee Wingfield and Gavin Dodd scored Swinton's other tries and Dodd kicked two goals.



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