PONTEFRACT RUFC did well to survive Old Brodleians’ second-half fightback to reach the next round of the Yorkshire Shield.
Brods recovered from 21-0 down to snatch the lead before Pontefract bagged a 28-24 dramatic win.
Trailing 24-21 in the closing stages, the home side spurned a chance to level the scores with a penalty. Instead, captain Simon Spears elected to kick to the corner and from a five-metre scrum Matt Hargreaves picked up the ball and brushed off two tacklers to grab the match-winning try.
Jamie Benn converted with the final kick of the game.
Pontefract dominated the first-half.
Benn, Carl Smith and Matt Williams were prominent before Si Fletcher paved the way for Spears to score the opening try in the sixth minute. Benn converted.
With Andy Townend and James Parry in excellent form, Pontefract soon threatened again when Rich Dedicoat broke clear but the move broke down.
Pontefract continued to have most off the play after a shuffle that saw Andy Dean replaced by Ross Shand, with Dedicoat going to full back.
Good work by John Fradgley, Fletcher and James Griffin created a chance for Dedicoat who scored a clever try that Benn improved.
Pontefract’s purple patch continued when Chris Sant half break led to Benn bagging a try he also goaled to make it 21-0.
Brods kicked a penalty to cut the half-time deficit to 18 points.
Pontefract made a great start to the second-half with Sant going over the line but the ball went loose from his pass.
Brods scored to reduce the arrears to 21-10 and then added another converrted try to put themselves only four points behind. Pontefract appeared to lose the 50/50 decisions and fell behind for the first time in the match after conceding another converted try.
With the outcome on a knife-edge, the visitors were penalised in the final minute and Spears made the wise call to go for a try.
In the final analysis, Pontefract should have had the game won at half time.
They were possibly guilty of switching off and letting their opponents back into the game but they put in a massive effort in the final part of the match.
Carl Smith, Dedicoat and MOM Sant were outstanding.
Pontefract host Barnsley in a league game this Saturday.
They are are home to Scarborough in the next round of the Yorkshire Shield on Saturday, December 22.