By Chris Stott
UCLan’s Rugby League side were left devastated today after suffering defeat to York St John in the Northern Conference Cup Final in Durham.
The Northern 2B Champions ran in seven tries to beat the 2A runners up UCLan 38-10 to claim a League and Cup double.
UCLan had much the better of the opening 10 minutes but couldn’t find a way through, and this shifted the momentum on to their opponents. Having forced a repeat set, a well weighted kick to the corner allowed the Right Centre to beat Sam Waiting to the ball to put St John’s ahead.
A second soon followed after a high kick was misjudged by Ellis on the wing, allowing the York man to score a simple try.
A further three scores came before half time as UCLan struggled to contain York’s attack giving them a 28-0 Half time lead. UCLan did almost respond late in the half through Jamie Winter, but he was harshly denied by the referee who gave a knock on against the Prop Forward.
York added a sixth score before Jake Melling added yet another try to his impressive tally with a short range dive 10 metres in from the touchline.
A well taken try from dummy half all but sealed it for York with 20 minutes to play before Lewis Christian finished a well executed UCLan move; their best of the game; to score in the right hand corner.
UCLan couldn’t mount a comeback and will have to settle for two second place finishes this season, having been controversially edged out by Sheffield in the League.
It’s been a case of so close yet so far for UCLan this season, but it has been a positive one with just the single defeat. Plenty to build on for next season.