DEWSBURY MOOR MAROONS moved up into fourth spot after beating neighbours Drighlington 24-8.
The game was enjoyed by a healthy crowd under the sun, with the visitors bringing a good following.
Moor did well to keep Drighlington in check as they pressed for an opening. Josh Milnes was a threat with some neat passes, but the tackling by Danny Wardman, Jamie Samme and Peter Robinson was superb.
Moor got going as Ady Moore put up a testing kick which was dropped, allowing Anthony Boardman to open the scoring with a try.
Five minutes later another testing kick put Drighlington into an uncomfortable position, and when the ball was lost, Bartley O’Brian seized the opportunity and found the unmarked Boardman who went in for his second. Jacob Flathers goaled to help Moor to a 10-0 lead.
The away side showed character, Luke Pennington and Lee Mulhern driving into the Moor defence, and eventually Andy Brearley got the lively Mick Gomersal over for Drighlington’s opening try, but the conversion hit the post.
A great pass by Dean Arundel got centre James Eatherly storming over to bring the opening half to a close, with Dewsbury Moor leading 14-4.
As the second half got under way, more good work from Bradley Foster and Phil Shotton in Moor’s pack led to Samme going over for a try. Flathers added the extras. Moor didn’t rest, and after Tobias Richardson had made the hard yards, O’Brian showed his strength to go over for Moor’s fifth try of the game.
Drighlington didn’t go out without a fight, however, and the visitors got their reward when a smart kick by Milnes helped Gomersal over in the corner for his second to close the lead to 24-8.
The away side remained on the attack, but as they went for a further score Andrew Robinson intercepted and went the length of the field.
It looked a certain try, but a brilliant cover tackle brought him down, and the scores remained the same until the final whistle.
The Maroons travel to Wibsey tomorrow (Sat) and on Wednesday (April 29) entertain Dewsbury Celtic in the Jim Brown Cup at Heckmondwike Road (6.30pm).
Picture: Stevan Morton