Nevison lift cup by beating battling Kellingley

Nevison Leap celebrate their victory in Friday's cup final. PICTURE: MATTHEW MERRICK.
Nevison Leap celebrate their victory in Friday's cup final. PICTURE: MATTHEW MERRICK.

Hot favourites Nevison Leap lifted the Castleford and Featherstone ARL’s David Poulter Open Cup with a 40-23 victory over never-say-die Kellingley Welfare in Friday evening’s final at Lock Lane.

Pennine League Division Four side Kellingley took the lead against their Championship Division rivals with an early drop goal by scrum-half Paul Downey.

Nevison appeared, however, to be destined for a landslide win when hooker Scott Wilson, full-back Danny Milton and scrum-half Matt Godber all went over for early tries which were converted by centre Josh Beecher .

Gutsy Kellingley, though, regrouped and hit back with touchdowns by Downey and hooker Craig Sleight, full-back Brandon Neilson adding a goal.

Nevison regained control when Josh Beecher scored shortly before half-time to put them 22-11 up at the break.

The Pontefract side soon shot further ahead in the second period.

Man of the match Dale Wynne’s 50th minute try was followed two minutes later by a touchdown from tireless prop Clifton Richardson.

Beecher converted both tries to increase Nevison’s lead to 23 points.

Battling Kellingley continued to give an excellent account of themselves.

Their hard work was rewarded when centre Jack Taylor crossed for a try as the game entered the final quarter.

But Nevison put the game beyond Kellingley’s reach when Wilson went over and Beecher kicked his sixth goal.

Following a sin-binning and a red card for Nevison, Kellingley had the final word when prop Liam Gale powering over for a try and Neilson added the extras.