Twelve-man Nevison reach second final

NEVISON Leap stand-off Matty Godber finds his way blocked in Saturday's semi-final against Knottingley Rockware. PICTURE: MATTHEW MERRICK.
NEVISON Leap stand-off Matty Godber finds his way blocked in Saturday's semi-final against Knottingley Rockware. PICTURE: MATTHEW MERRICK.

NEVISON Leap reached their second cup final in two weeks by beating Knottingley Rockware 30-12 in Saturday’s Castleford and Featherstone ARL David Poulter Open Cup semi-final.

The Pontefract side, who booked their place in the BARLA Yorkshire Cup final the previous week, came out on top in an entertaining game in front of a large crowd.

Daniel Richardson was a key player for Nevison. He piled up 14 points with a try and five goals.

Rockware contributed fully to an enthralling contest and took a 15th minute lead when Craig Jones barged his way over for a try that Lightowler goaled.

Nevison hit back to lead 12-6 at half time. Danny Gilbert grabbed Nevison’s first try which was followed by a touchdown from Daniel Richardson who kicked both conversions.

Early in the second half, Nevison were reduced to 12 men when they had a player sent off but they overcame their numerical disadvantage to increase their lead to 12 points with a try from Tom Gundill.

Rockware battled back and strong running from brothers Stu and Sean James, Greenwood and Hunton led to Jackson scoring a try that Lightowler improved to cut the gap to six points.

But Nevison finished the game on top and sealed a place in the final against Castleford Panthers with two late tries. Clifton Richardson went over before Gareth Milton grabbed the final touchdown.

The James brothers and Ben Pearson were best for Rockware in a good all-round team performance.