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Watson, Walsh grab three tries apiece in Dalton rout

HAT-TRICKS from Joe Watson and Jonathan Walsh swept Albert Park away as Dalton crushed the Widnes side 64-24 at Kelland Park.

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The Cheshire side arrived at 1.45pm, the scheduled kick-off time having been delayed for 15 minutes and before they could find their land legs they were trailing 10-0.

They were no match for a rampant Dalton in this North West Counties Winter League game, with the home side running in 12 tries.

The star of the show was young centre Ross Coulson, who was making a rare appearance in a Dalton shirt due to his university studies, and repeatedly tore holes in the Park defence to set up several tries.

Watson was first to cross on two minutes and he was quickly followed over the whitewash by Coulson, with Jordan Woodend adding one conversion, and the home side were up and running.

Impressive stand-off Shaun McWhirter pulled back four points for Park before Paul Jones glided in for the home team, Woodend converting, 16-4.

Walsh then showed a clean pair of heels to race in from 80 yards and was soon touching down for a second, Woodend adding one goal.

Park, who had not being in the game at all, hit back with two quick tries just before the break through Craig Dourley and Dave Murray, with Terry Cowan adding a goal, making it 26-14 at the break.

However, Dalton hit Park two minutes into the second half with Ryan Birkby crossing for a try, converted by Ryan Baines, and he then crossed by the posts but fluffed the conversion attempt, 36-14.

It was now one-way traffic. Coulson went in for his second and this was followed by a spectacular 60-yarder from Scott Worsley, Liam High converting the latter for 46-14.

A 70-yard dash completed the half century and second for Watson. High added the goal for 52-14.

Watson then completed his hat-trick and then Walsh did likewise, High adding both goals for 64-14.

Just as they had done at the end of the first half, Park ran in a brace of tries courtesy of full-back Mark Hill and Murray, with Cowan adding one goal to round off the scoring.

The final game for Walney coach Jan Elliott ended in a 26-14 defeat at Wigan St Pats. Tries for Cents came from Andy Litherland, Danny Lockhart and Mike McKinley, with his cousin Mark adding one conversion.

Millom’s scheduled Challenge Cup tie with Blackbrook was called off due to an unfit Devonshire Road pitch. Askam are the first cup winners in the Barrow and District League set-up after defeating Dalton 30-12 in the Frank Reid Cup final under the Brisbane Park lights on Friday night.

In the Barrow And District League on Saturday Millom gave up home advantage and shared the spoils with a 8-8 draw at Walney. The Woollybacks led 8-0 at the break through a Midge Dixon try and two goals from Graham Newbiggin.

Walney came back strongly in the second half to bring the scores level with an Alan Kendall try and two Jordan Staffieri goals.

Meanwhile, at Dragley Beck, Hindpool came away with the points with a 28-26 victory over Ulverston.

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