NEVISON Leap were pipped 16-14 in Saturday’s Pennine League Championship Division match at Bank Top Harriers after leading 14-4 at half-time.
In heavy conditions, Bradford side Bank Top turned the game round in the second-half.
Bank Top scored first but Nevison soon replied when an inspired substitution saw the outstanding Danny Gilbert force his way over from 15 yards out.
Josh Beecher then scored a well-worked try to put Nevison ahead.
They looked handily placed when Gilbert grabbed his second try on the stroke of half-time by taking two Bank Top defenders over the line with him.
Kyle Bailey converted to put the Pontefract side 10 points ahead but Bank Top were a different team in the second period and quickly reduced the arrears with a converted try.
After strong defensive work by both teams, Nevison conceded a silly penalty that Bank Top kicked. With 10 minutes remaining, the hosts scored what proved to be the winning try that was converted.
Nevison are grateful to Mark and Jan from Monkhill Sandwich Shop for sponsoring the match ball.
Methley Royals, playing their first league fixture since mid-September, climbed to fourth in Division One with Saturday’s 26-16 victory against Bentley Good Companions.
They should have won far more convincingly after leading 26-6 mid-way through the second-half.
Several chances went begging, with Lee Starbuck and Josh Dixon both having efforts ruled out. Starbuck also went close with a superb 65-yard run.
Sixteen-year-old full-back Dave Williams provided one of the highlights with a spectacular long-range try.
Methley’s Adam Biscomb and Sam Payne crossed before Williams scored the first of his two tries from Starbuck’s smart pass.
Matty Handforth put Methley 20 points ahead by crashing over for a 60th minute converted try but Bentley staged a late rally after the Royals lost their way a little in the closing quarter.
In Division Three, Pontefract Sports and Social defeated Hoyland 34-24.