By Christopher Stott
UCLan have stretched their unbeaten run to five games now after yet another win, this time at home to Lancashire rivals Edge Hill.
The first half had the feel of a title decider, with both teams at each other’s throat from the off. UCLan struck the first two blows of the game. Jake Ellis opened the scoring after some terrific passing through the hands put the winger in at the corner.
Chris Neal, who retained his place after an impressive hat-trick in the friendly against Manchester, scored in the opposite corner after some terrific link up play from McKinley, Thompson and Ladd. Joe Frobisher failed with both kick attempts.
Edge Hill hit back with an un-converted try of their own, but right on half time, Joe Gilpin swept a looping pass over to Lewis Christian who wouldn’t be denied from close range. This proved a crucial score to take UCLan in 12-4 in front.
The second half belonged to the hosts who scored a further five tries to pull away from their opponents. Nathan McKinley dove over for the first after just four minutes of the half before James Turner strolled through a gaping hole in the defence to take UCLan out to a 22-4 lead.
Sam Waiting scored arguably the best try of the game after Rob Marsh latched onto a ricochet to speed 70 metres before being tackled. But the ball was recycled brilliantly to enable Waiting to score.
Edge Hill threatened a comeback with a converted score but UCLan sealed the win with two late scores. Cameron Ladd capitalised on some hesitant defending to ground before a surging George Stevenson rounded of another comprehensive win.
The visitors grabbed a late consolation try before the final whistle leaving the score at 38-16 in UCLan’s favour.
The hosts maintain their position at the top of the table and have laid down another marker for the chasing pack.