Hemel Stags run riot

Chad Sharp in action for Hemel Stags against Ince Rose Bridge
Chad Sharp in action for Hemel Stags against Ince Rose Bridge

Ince Rose Bridge 18
 Hemel Stags 50

Hemel Stags will get the chance to test themselves against Super League opposition after securing their place in the fourth round of the prestigious Tetley’s Challenge Cup.

Stags took on Wigan outfit Ince Rose Bridge in the third round, and delivered an emphatic display to storm through and set up a mouthwatering home clash with Super League outfit Wakefield Wildcats in the next round.

Stags have made an excellent start to life in the semi-professional rugby league ranks, and were full of confidence ahead of their first foray into the famous Challenge Cup.

Ince Rose Bridge are one of the top amateur sides in the country, but the visitors were quick out of the blocks and Jake Hobbs capitalised on a handling error to pot his side ahead with only two minutes on the clock. Mike Bishay added the extras.

The hosts responded with an unconverted try, but Hobbs went over again to restore the Hemel advantage.

Bishay increased the lead with a try which he converted himself, before a good run by Miles Mcleod was finished off by new signing Gareth Honor.

And with only one minute of the first half remaining, Hemel full-back Mike Forgham scored a dazzling length-of-the-field try which Bishay converted to bring the half to a close at 30-4 in Stags’ favour.

Hemel opened the second half as they had finished the first, and Honor fed the ball from dummy-half to Mason Caton-Brown who skipped over the line.

With Stags now running riot, the next try arrived after 50 minutes when Harry Mostyn broke down the left to score, before Ince were temporarily reduced to 12 men due to a professional foul.

The next Stags try came from Aaron Small – with Bishay adding the conversion – and Jack Molloy ran in the final score for Hemel shortly afterwards.

The hosts gave their fans something to cheer about as they bagged the last try of the game, but it was the Stags faithful who were left to celebrate an fine win.

Next up for Hemel is a league game against Gateshead Thunder at Pennine Way on Sunday.