Open age rugby league re-started at the weekend, with two hard fought friendlies between Cumberland ARL teams, and the opening League A fixture in the National Conference League between Millom and Hensingham.

At Highfield, Cockermouth Titans came out on top in their pre season friendly against Aspatria Hornets, and ended a close battle on a scorching hot afternoon with a 26-14 win. Cockermouth's Ryan Scott had an excellent afternoon, with three tries and three conversions and Todd Woods added two more tries for the Titans. The Hornets' tries came from Jack Wilson, Ross Barton and Jack Clegg, and Matty Irving added the goal.

At Distington, the home side came out 36-12 winners over Lowca in the Billy Davidson Memorial Cup, with some good rugby on display from both teams. Lowca twice took the lead the first half, and held this for 20 minutes, before Distington went up a gear to take the victory.

On a very positive day for both clubs, there was plenty of support for the match, and some touching tributes to Billy Davidson, and lifelong Lowca stalwart Martin 'Chucky' Ennis, who passed away in March.

In the NCL, Millom came out on top with a 20-10 home victory in the opening fixture in League A against Hensingham. Millom started the better, and were never behind in the match, despite Niall Harrison being sin binned in the first half and Astin Mossop in the second. Millom opened the scoring with a try from winger Jack Proctor, but Hensingham hit back with a Jack Kellett try, but went further behind when Thomas Sibley touched down for the home side, with Adam Kelly kicking a second conversion for a 12-4 half time lead. Jack Newbiggin's try on the hour, and Niall Harris' try five minutes later gave Millom breathing space, before Hensingham's Gareth Gates pulled back a try with ten minutes to go, converted by Ryan Corlett.

Millom face Askam this Saturday in the NCL this Saturday whilst Egremont take on Glasson in a pre-season friendly. The Cumberland ARL season begins on Friday, June 25.