Knights just edge Dewsbury Moor 18s

DEWSBURY MOOR U18s went into the game with just 14 players and for an hour were the better side, but Normanton proved to be too strong and scored a late converted try to pinch the league points in 24-18 victory.

The Maroons struck first with stand-off Tom Kaye passing to prop John Bownass, who drove to the line.

Bownass offloaded to Cameron Adleigh who crossed the line, and converted his own score to give Moor a 6-0 lead. The away side remained strong and long passes from Kaye had Connor Ineson, Joseph Westbury and Ben Robb going close.

Cain Crotty, Cameron Johnson and Hamza Riaz made telling runs and when Ben Wrightson broke through, Kaye was there to scoot over for Moor’s second converted try of the game. But Normanton did not lie down and struck back with two tries and a conversion, with Moor just remaining in front at half-time 12-10.

The second half saw the home side press Moor’s line, and when the Knights were awarded a penalty they went for the two, and converted to draw level.

Moor then went to the other end of the field and after Matt Hoyle pulled off a huge hit on the Normanton second-rower, the visitors got possession.

Max Vernon and Charlie Hutchinson had testing runs and this set up a good position near the home line.

Jacob Crosswell took the ball and bundled his way over to score from close range. Adhleigh goaled and Moor now had a six-point advantage.

Normanton however showed their class with two late tries to snatch the win away from the junior Maroons. The Knights converted both scores to make the score 24-18.

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