aside NCL Division 1 Round-up: Sensational Blackbrook stun promotion contenders

By Sebastian Sternik

Blackbrook have moved off the bottom of the table after picking up a sensational 16-32 victory over promotion chasing Normanton Knights. 

This was their first victory in 11 games and only their second win of the season. Blackbrook will now be hoping this will give them the momentum to kick on and perhaps secure themselvs a spot in Division One for next season.

The visitors made a tremendous start and led 0-14 just after the restart. However, all their hard work seemed for nothing as Normanton fought their way back to take the initiative and lead 16-14.

But there was more drama to come on Queen Elizabeth Drive as Blackbrook found another gear and tries from Mark Webster, Jordan Darwin and James McCabe secured a famous win.

The Knights haven’t been able to beat Blackbrook this season after drawing with the Lancashire club towards the start of the season. However, this result is likely to have a bigger impact as it takes Normanton further away from the fight for promotion.

The Normanton Knights ground on Queen Elizabeth Drive



Underbank Rangers picked up an impressive 40-18 win against an in-form Ince Rose Bridge.

Rangers went 12-0 up early and never looked like losing. The victory means that Underbank remain top of the table on points difference.

Ince Rose Bridge have won three from their last five games but are still sitting third from bottom in the table. Their focus now shifts to the RFL Challenge Trophy quarter-finals where they take on Milford Marlins.

Hunslet Club Parkside remain level on points with Underbank after winning 14-18 at Lock Lane.

It was an almighty tussle between two sides in the top half of the table and there was little to separate them with the score 6-6 at the interval.

However, in the end, the visitors proved too strong as they edged the Castleford outfit by just four points.

Also in the promotion race, Milford Marlins beat York Acorn 28-12 to keep pace with the two front runners. Milford led 22-0 at the break and remained in control as they move six points clear of fourth placed Normanton.



Featherstone Lions are now bottom of the Division One table after losing 24-10 away to Hull Dockers.

This is Featherstone’s twelfth defeat of the season which leaves them two points off Blackbrook and four points away from Ince Rose Bridge.

Elsewhere, Shaw Cross Sharks picked up a 20-6 victory over ninth placed Hunslet Warriors.

The Warriors might be five points clear of Featherstone however, they’ll want a few more wins between now and the end of the season to make sure of their place in the division next season.


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