Methley book place in cup final

Methley's Sam Payne scored a 52nd minute try in last night's semi-final against Upton. Picture: Kris Whitfield.
Methley's Sam Payne scored a 52nd minute try in last night's semi-final against Upton. Picture: Kris Whitfield.

Featherstone Lions and Methley Royals will meet in the inaugural Castleford and Featherstone ARL Edgar Hanson Floodlit Invitation Cup final at Lock Lane next Wednesday (7.30pm).

Methley booked their place in the final with last night’s (Wednesday) 19-12 win over Upton at Featherstone Lions.

The Royals led 10-0 at the break through tries by winger Kris Ward and hooker Chris Woolford, with centre Sam Payne adding a conversion.

Methley winger Andy Matthews crossed within seven minutes of the restart, before Dave Backhouse opened Upton’s account and Steve Beal improved.

Payne extended the Royals lead with a 52nd minute try and scrum-half Andy Speake landed a drop goal to open a 13-point gap.

That was how it stayed until the closing seconds when Upton, despite having had two players sin-binned, posted a Jack Iley try which Nick Welsh goaled.

Referee Gareth Billingham handled the game well, including dealing with a 10-minute delay in the first half when the floodlights at one side of the Millpond Stadium failed. He had to come off at half-time, though, because of calf trouble.

Joe Stearne stepped up from touch-judge duties and also did a superb job.