Grand Final showdown lies ahead for Mirfield Stags

MIRFIELD STAGS will compete for their first piece of silverware after advancing to the RFL Yorkshire Men’s League Division One Grand Final following a hard-fought victory over Hull Wyke.

The table-toppers, playing at their new Hillrich Park home for the first time, came out on top in a back-and-forth contest against the division’s fourth-placed side.

As a result, Richard Silverwood’s men will meet Siddal A, who overcame York Acorn A in their semi-final, at Castleford Tigers’ Mend-A-Hose Jungle Stadium on Saturday.

Wyke took the lead on 23 minutes, when Alec Hardie crossed for the game’s opening try.

The full-back converted his own score to give the visitors a six-point advantage.

But it took the Stags just five minutes to level the scores as Reece Spurr went over, before Ross Hayden added the extras.

With five minutes left in the first half, Hardie slotted over a drop goal to give the East Yorkshiremen a slender 7-6 lead at the break.

The Stags took their first lead of the game less than four minutes into the second half when Spurr crossed for his second try of the afternoon, Hayden on target again with the boot.

But the lead was short lived and Wyke were back in front when back-rower Kane Jackson went over. Hardie added the conversion again to restore the visitors’ one-point


The lead quickly changed hands once more when Richard Casanove scored a 53rd minute effort. Hayden continued the game’s 100 per cent kicking record to give the Stags an 18-13 lead.

With less than ten minutes left on the clock Francis Maloney scored the crucial try to push the Stags more than a converted try ahead for the first time all afternoon. Hayden was again on target to extend the hosts’ advantage.

But the visitors refused to lie down, scoring back-to-back tries to set up a nervy finish to a thrilling game.

Substitute Owen Jones-Barker and hooker Steve Mass both went over but Hardie was unable to convert either effort and the Stags held on to win an enthralling contest by three points.


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