Lock Lane consolidated top spot in the National Conference League’s Premier Division by beating Wigan St Patrick’s 34-26 in a see-saw game.
Centre Tom Wood put Lane ahead with a second minute try but St Pat’s hit back three minutes later.
Captain Chris Siddons went over and Danny Rowse converted to put Lane back in front but the game then swung the Wigan side’s way when they scored a quick 10 points to go 16-10 up.
The introduction of Craig Jeffels from the bench on 20 minutes saw him make an immediate impact as he tormented the St Pat’s defence with his powerful breaks.
Adam Garlick and Jimmy Cryer both snapped up chances and Rowse added a conversion to give Lane a 20-16 interval advantage.
Garlick showed good finishing to extend Lane’s lead after 43 minutes and Rowse kicked the conversion.
But St Pat’s had the better of the next ten minutes and scored two tries which saw them edge the contest 26-24 going into the final ten minutes. A nervy home side blew several golden chances - due to the final pass going astray - before enterprising play from the Lane backline saw Garlick show why he is now leading the NCL try scoring chart with two excellent finishes on 71 and 77 minutes to earn the Casstleford side victory.
Lane’s Riverside Car Sales men of the match as chosen by the St Pat’s coaching staff, were prop Chris Siddons, loose forward Jordan Siddons and full-back Mikey Hayward, who took several high kicks and made some good kick returns under pressure.
The supporters’ choices were four-try Garlick, subsitute Jeffels and hooker Jack Beddis.
Lock Lane take a break this weekend to watch Castleford Tigers in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup final before visiting Egremont Rangers on August 30.
Castleford Panthers’ away day blues continued with another disappointing result in Division Two when they lost 54-0 at Bradford Dudley Hill.
The defeat left Panthers in deep relegation trouble. With only three games remaining they need a massive improvement if they to avoid the drop.
Panthers never got into any rhythm and found themselves trailing 26-0 at the break.
The second half followed a similar patternn and Panthers had no real chances of scoring any points.
Sponsor Monkhill Sandwiches picked Craig Savage as MOM. He was well supported by Oliver Bloomer and Luke Varley.