A STRONG Brook second team proved too good for local rivals Eccleston Lions as they notched their fifth win in six matches.

The writing was on the wall for the visitors as early as the second minute when home winger Roger Steele crossed for the first of Brook's seven tries and Chris Springford added a touchline conversion.

Springford himself was next to score and added two further goals as Brook began to take control.

The game was as good as over by half-time with the home men leading 26-0 following further tries by Jon Hale and centre Andy Dobson, both goaled by Springford.

To their credit Lions never threw in the towel and could even lay claim to the best tackle of the match when the diminutive Graham Grimshaw halted Brook forward Ste Moss inches from the line.

The home side continued to wrack up the points though with Sprngford completing a well-taken hat-trick and second-row Andy Tinsley also crossing.

Centre Andy Bates took the Santime Quarries man-of-the-match for Brook with a good all-round display, with Jon Hale, Ste Galvin and Lee Brown also in contention.

Denis Hall was the Lions' Birkett Motors man-of-the-match, with Jim Dyson and Ian Penketh also playing well.