Bank Quay progressed to the semi-finals of the National Cup with a strong performance over St Helens outfit Blackbrook. Danny Woods made the first significant contribution to the victory when he flattened the Brook fullback with an almighty tackle and Craig White picked up the loose ball to stroll over by the posts, White added the conversion for a 6-0 advantage after only 4 minutes. The Quay forwards were dominant and on 27 minutes they doubled their lead, Captain Craig Millington attracted three defenders before popping up a short ball for Anthony Braide to crash over, White’s conversion made in 12-0. Blackbrook responded on the stroke of half time with a try in he corner to give a 12-4 score line.
After the break Quay failed to complete six sets and Brook took advantage to score wide out, the conversion brought them within 2 points in what was turning out to be a tremendous game played in front of a packed crowd. The Quay forwards gradually regained control with Woods, Millington and Peasnall to the fore resulting in Ste Bird crashing over from close range and White converting to give Quay breathing space at 18-10 with 20 minutes remaining.
Blackbrook threw everything they had at the Quay defence but they stood firm and a 70 metre break from Eddie Vaughan was completed three tackles later when Chris Forster
’s cut out ball was latched onto by a rampaging Danny Shaw to finally finish off the plucky visitors. White was perfect with the boot as Quay stormed into the last 4 of this prestigious competition.
Bank Quay : Eddie Vaughan, Ste Caley, Darren Forshaw, Danny Shaw, Kiel Hillman, Chris Forster
, Craig White, Ste Bird, Danny Forster, Jamie Peasnall, Craig Millington, Nick Braide, Danny Woods, Anthony Braide, Phil Braddish