Methley Royals reached their second final of the season in the Castleford and Featherstone ARL with Saturday’s hard-earned 18-13 success at Brotherton Bulldogs in the David Poulter Open Cup.
The Royals, who lost to Featherstone Lions in the Edgar Hanson Invitation Floodlit Cup decider, will face Chequerfield Rangers in the Open Cup final, on a date and at a venue to be arranged.
Methley were severely tested in the freezing rain by a Brotherton outfit that sits two sections below the Royals in the Pennine League, and twice had to battle back from behind.
Division One side Brotherton took the lead with a try by Jonathan Franks, only for Championship leaders Methley to go in at the break 12-4 ahead, thanks to touchdowns for scrum-half Alan White and second rower Jon Paul Briers, each of which centre Sam Payne converted.
Impressive Brotherton, despite being under sustained pressure, levelled matters through a try by Gavin Swinson, with Sam Handforth adding the conversion and a penalty.
As the contest headed into the final quarter, Steve Hayes nosed the Bulldogs ahead with a drop goal, but the Royals registered what proved to be the decisive score when stand-off Matty Handforth and second row Lee Starbuck combined in style to send loose forward Steve Scott crashing over wide out.
Payne added his third conversion, and Methley duly held out for a notable win in which Briers, White and hooker Dale Cogan particularly impressed.
The Royals travel to Brighouse Rangers on Saturday in the second round of the Pennine League’s President’s Cup.
Chequerfield Rangers had a walk-over against Sherburn Bears in the other David Poulter Open Cup semi-final.
Chequerfield have a home tie against trophy holders Sharlston Rovers in the President’s Cup this Saturday.
Brotherton Bulldogs visit Selby Warriors in the Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy first round on Saturday while Methley Royals second-team host East Leeds in the Supplementary Cup first round .
Kellingley Welfare are in league action with a home Division Three fixture against Troydale Trojans.
Allerton Bywater second team are scheduled to visit Queensbury B in Division Seven.
In Division One, Allerton Bywater first-team lost 38-4 at Doncaster Toll Bar last Saturday.