Danny Glassell’s try six minutes from time was the gamebreaker as Featherstone Lions completed a league double over local rivals Lock Lane.
A thrilling National Conference Division One match went down to the wire, but it was the Lions who emerged with the points with a 25-22 success – their first-ever home league victory over the Lane.
In what was a pulsating derby all 34 players earned top marks for putting on a fine game in hot conditions.
Lions lost Ben Mawson to injury after just two minutes, but when Ian Jackson made a good break Liam Kay, who had a fine game after being brought back into the fold for the Lions, followed up with a long ball to Danny Glassell who sent Keiron Redfearn over in the corner.
Lane hit back and had an interception “try” ruled out for offside.
With George Nuttall, Danny Gilbert and Liam Jackson doing some hard yards they set up the position for pack leader Dean Gamble to send Scott Glassell over for a try that was converted by Jackson.
Lane put their first points on the board as Carl Robinson went over in the corner and Connor Land added the goal.
The Lions defence was put to the test further, but with Gamble, Gaz Gale and Scott Glassell to the fore they held firm with Lane having another effort ruled out, the referee ruling the player had not grounded the ball over the line.
Jackson nudged the hosts further ahead with a penalty goal then Andy Kain, who was involved in a lot of Lions’ best attacking plays, split open Lane down the middle with a fine solo run before parting to Jake Perkins, who raced away to finish off in style. With Jackson converting it was 18-6.
Gilbert, Redfearn and Gale, who caused Lane a lot of problems on the flank, all put in hard graft and on the stroke of half-time Danny Glassell made a fine solo run before the last pass went astray.
Lions knew their opponents would come down the hill with all guns blazing at the start of the second half and Redfearn made a superb take from a bomb.
The hosts lost pack leader Gamble with injury for a spell, but Danny Glassell made another fine run. James Parry and Liam Jackson both went close then Kay put Danny Glassell clear only for him to be held up over the line.
After a good spell of pressure Lane cut their deficit with Nathan Fozzard dotting down and Land kicking his second goal.
Nuttall responded with a fine run for Lions and Jackson dropped a goal to push the lead out to 19-12 after Danny Glassell had been held close.
The visitors hit back again and Ryan Backhouse dived over to make it a tense finish, Land’s goal narrowing the gap to one point.
However, Danny Glassell then went in for the match winning try as he went solo for the gamebreaking score with Jackson converting.
Jake Wood, who had a good outing, made a fine run and Parry chipped towards the line, but Davi Garahan was inches from touching down. In the last play of the game Lane went over wide out through Jordan Bull, but it was too late to prevent defeat for the Castleford team.
Lions team manager Keith Bell would like to thank Featherstone Rovers Past Players Association who sponsored the game.
Featherstone have no game next week before they visit promotion favourites Thornhill Trojans on Saturday week. Lock Lane are also without a game this weekend.