Cleckheaton 10 Pertemps Bees 61
Cup giant-killings have become a specialist subject for Pertemps Bees over recent seasons, but the roles were reversed when they were handed a not-so-cosy trip to West Yorkshire.
Director of rugby Phil Maynard was right to be cautious in facing a toughtackling National Three North outfit backed up by ex-England winger John Bentley.
But, luckily for Bees, Cleckheaton lie tenth in their table, with just two wins all season, and Bentley was absent on coaching duties with Leeds Tykes for this Powergen Trophy clash, while Bees revelled in the fact they were not playing the part of the underdogs.
"All credit to Cleckheaton they played well but we stuck to our task and I was very pleased with our performance, " said Maynard.
"I was always confident that we would finish the stronger. We would have been extremely disappointed if we had lost. We are fitter and play two leagues above them."
The last time England Under-19 fly-half Ryan Lamb started in a Bees shirt he produced a
less-than-impressive display at London Welsh.
However, the youngster, keen to impress the Gloucester scouts, stamped his claim for the No 10 shirt with a mature performance, despite missing three of his conversions.
"I really wanted to make amends (for London Welsh) and now after today I have to keep on performing, so the news gets back to Gloucester," said Lamb. "It's good experience and I'm really enjoying it but it's hard rugby."
Bees were given a hard test for the bulk of the first half but their league status shone through after the break and they ran in eight second-half tries.
Bees came storming out
of the blocks to score a try with a minute played when Lamb played a lengthy, cross-field pass to Cae Trayhern who dived over. Lamb sunk a penalty four minutes later and the away side looked comfortable.
However, for the next 25 minutes Cleckheaton dominated proceedings. To the delight of the hosts' jubilant players, second row Oliver Hawkins bagged a try in the left hand corner and Chris Quinn tucked away the conversion on ten minutes.
Quinn then booted the minnows in front with a penalty 11 minutes later but Cleckheaton's total points tally had been completed.
Ed Orgee came off the bench to spearhead a driving maul and touch down to hand Bees a narrow interval lead.
The floodgates were well and truly opened in the second half as Bees' greater fitness levels came good. Tim Walsh latched on to a Mike Davies pass on 47 minutes before winger Nick Baxter added two more scores to his record-breaking tally just before the hour mark.
Reuben Leilau bulldozed his way through two players to go under the posts on 63 minutes before Adam Billig bagged a deserved try five minutes later. After earlier misses, Walsh completed his conversion hat-trick.
Walsh, who was playing at full-back, then picked up a Matt Miles pass for try No 8 before Lamb and the returning Paul Knight completed the rout.