WALNEY Central booked their place in the second round of the BARLA National Under-16s Cup with a comfortable victory over Askam in their re-arranged tie on Sunday.

The clash at Central Drive saw visitors Askam field their under-15s team, while Walney’s side contained just three players in that age group.

Having put some attacking pressure on, Cents eventually broke down the Askam defence and were18-0 up after 20 minutes.

Three further tries in a five-minute spell put Walney 34-0 up at half time, with five of the six tries converted and Jack Stevens, Rio Corkhill, Luke Broadbent and Arnie Luxon being the try-scorers.

Some great defence from Matty Henderson, Finley Goodings, Ryan Wilson and Xander Parramore, kept the determined young Askam team at bay as well.

It was not long before Walney added to their points tally with further tries from Zac Whitehead, Evan Rushton with a great solo effort, Corkhill and Broadbent, to make the score 62-0.

Henderson was next to score, followed by the impressive Goodings. Some hard yards were made by Walney’s Jack Mckechnie, Robbie Bawn, Joe Hill and Mark Anderton in the build up to these tries.

Cents were looking good to keep a clean sheet as well, but with three mins to go they gave away a penalty and the Villagers, who never gave up, were rewarded for their valiant efforts with a well-worked unconverted try out wide.

Askam now look towards the new season in the North West Counties Youth League under-15s competition and will be aiming for a high finish after an impressive year last year in the under-14s competitions.

Meanwhile, Walney’s reward for this win is a very tough away match at Wakefield Hawks in the last 16 of the competition, where they will be under no illusions about the need to be on top of their game.