West leads the way as Roosters run riot to storm into cup semi

St. Ives Roosters v Southend Spartons, (centre) Roosters player Duncan Williams. Photo by Leigh Chat

St. Ives Roosters v Southend Spartons, (centre) Roosters player Duncan Williams. Photo by Leigh Chatten. - Credit: Archant

Barney West led a St Ives Roosters try blitz as they breezed into the semi-finals of the East Rugby League Cup last Saturday.

The locals ran in 13 tries during a 78-22 rout of lower-level Southend Spartans in a last-eight clash.

Roosters quickly took command as West touched down after Mickey Blackley had unlocked the Spartans’ defence. A second score followed as Michael Wright was left with the simple task of crossing the line.

Their advantage was cut by a Southend try after they made the most of a series of penalties close to the Roosters line, but the response was emphatic and impressive.

Player-coach Paul Ashbridge burst over from inside his own half to trigger a run of nine unanswered tries from Roosters.

Tommy Newman was next to get in on the act before Nick Borkett blasted over only hours after returning to the UK from a business trip to Hong Kong.

Mickey Drake continued the one-way traffic before Duncan Williams roared over following a length-of-the-field surge from the resulting kick-off. Debutant Doug Smith became the next Roosters man to touch down with Luke Slade, Drake and West then going over in the same corner.

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Southend did manage to bag three more tries before a West double completed the scoring.

Ashbridge said: “We worked hard in training on getting the basics right and the lads did everything I asked of them. I wanted a reaction to our league defeat in our previous game and I certainly got it.”

Roosters return to East Premier League action on Saturday when hosting North Herts Crusaders at the St Ivo Outdoor Centre (3pm).