Methley Royals continued their climb in Pennine League Division One with a 28-10 home win over derby rivals Cutsyke Raiders.
However, Methley’s victory was much harder earned than the final scoreline suggests.
The Royals, who have played just three league games to date because of their progress to the Yorkshire Cup semi-finals, were only 12-10 ahead as the game entered the final quarter, Cutsyke having posted tries by Brett Hawkins and Craig Duncan, with Luke Metcalfe improving the opening score.
But a touchdown for loose forward Adam Scott on 63 minutes following a break by stand-off Matty Handforth, helped Methley stretch their advantage to eight points.
Scrum-half Andy Speake grabbed a solo try with nine minutes left and, from the restart, winger Ryan Meah raced 90 metres for a stunning score.
Speake added the extras with his fourth goal, which included two from the touchline, to help get Methley in good spirits ahead of this Saturday’s home Yorkshire Cup semi-final against Drighlington at Savile Park (2pm).
Handforth had created Methley’s first try for prop Richard Scott with a telling grubber kick, while hooker Jon Paul Briers claimed Methley’s second score, shortly before the break, with a smart arcing run.
Methley had impressive performers in prop Stu Biscomb and full-back Rhys Beck.
In the other Yorkshire Cup semi-final, Fryston Warriors visit holders Sharlston Rovers on Saturday (2pm). Fryston expect to take a large contingent of supporters to the match.
Fryston climbed to the top of the Pennine League’s Premier Division when they had a walk-over against Thornhill after the fixture was called off at the eleventh hour.
Brotherton Bulldogs won 22-14 at Allerton Bywater in Championship Division One on Saturday.
In Division Two, Kellingley Welfare slipped to a 26-4 home defeat against Underbank Rangers.
This Saturday will see the first league match between arch rivals Selby Warriors and Sherburn Bears for over 12 seasons when they meet in a Division Four fixture at Selby’s Foxhill Lane ground (2pm).
Despite playing each other in the reformed Selby Cup over the last couple of seasons, the two teams went their separate ways over a decade ago with Selby moving from the Yorkshire League to the Pennine League. Sherburn eventually followed suit four years ago.
The Warriors have enjoyed a hugely successful spell over the last seven years, while the Bears have gradually worked their way out of the bottom division, one division at a time.
This season Selby find themselves in a period of rebuilding and this has led to the side dropping three rungs down the league to Division Four.
l Cutsyke Raiders are looking to start their first ever youth side at under 18 level in the forthcoming 2015 summer season. All interested parties are asked to attend at 10am on Saturday, December 6 at Cutsyke WMC, Aketon Road, Castleford.
Subject to sufficient interest, the club will then announce a training schedule held by qualified level two coaches.
l Delegates are reminded that the next meeting of the Castleford and Featherstone ARL is at Glasshoughton WMC next Tuesday (7.30pm)when the league will hold its annual photocall involving trophies won by member teams and individuals.