Head coach Alan Kilshaw expressed satisfaction with Hunslet Parksiders’ performance after a resounding 54-10 triumph over Cornwall in the Betfred League 1.
Despite an early lead of 12-0 through tries from Nathan Conroy and Adam Ryder, the Parksiders found themselves with a narrow 12-10 advantage at halftime as Cornwall fought back with touchdowns from Cam Brown and former Hunslet player Tom Ashton, with Adam Rusling converting one.
However, the South Leeds outfit regained momentum in the second half, scoring unanswered tries through Lewis Wray, Johnny Campbell, Jordan Syme, Alfie Goddard (with an impressive 80-meter interception), Josh Jordan-Roberts, Joe Burton, the man of the match Danny Barcoe, and Jack Render, who marked his 50th professional appearance.
Michael Knowles successfully kicked six goals, while Morgan Punchard converted the final two tries. Notably, this was Hunslet’s first game in a month, excluding the Jimmy Watson Testimonial match against Drighlington.
Reflecting on the match, Coach Kilshaw acknowledged the team’s slow transition from attack to defence and their deviation from the game plan in the first half.
However, he commended their resilience and ability to rectify those issues during halftime. The coach also praised the leadership group comprising Steve Crossley, Michael Knowles, Sam Hallas, and Harvey Hallas for their exemplary performance.
Kilshaw expressed gratitude to the board for arranging accommodations and travel, highlighting the board’s support as a crucial factor in their success. Furthermore, he expressed appreciation for the dedicated fans who travelled to Cornwall, acknowledging the financial and logistical challenges involved.
Kilshaw concluded by emphasising the absence of injuries during the match and lauded the standout performances of Jack Render and Joe Burton, as well as the impressive contribution of Daniel Barcoe off the bench.
He credited the team’s comfortable victory to a strong collective effort, despite missing key players such as Jimmy Watson, Aaron York (out with tonsillitis), and Jake Sweeting (quad injury).
In summary, Hunslet’s dominant display against Cornwall showcased their resilience and team spirit, earning them a well-deserved 54-10 victory.