Photo: Ryan Jackson
MIRFIELD STAGS’ 100 per cent winning record in the Pennine League finally came to an end last weekend at the hands of Drighlington.
The Stags had faced two tight games against those opponents already this season in league and cup but were on the losing side this time as a Drig fightback saw them beaten 32-24 on the 3G pitch at Dewsbury Rams.
Ben Cole crashed over for two tries from close range as Mirfield overcame a slow start to take the lead.
Scott Bradley added four points while Mikey Otty and Craig Miles also crossed.
Wayne Wilson kicked two goals from five attempts in windy conditions, but it wasn’t enough to avoid defeat against a hungry Drig outfit.
Defeat sets the Stags up for a potential winner-takes-all encounter with second-placed Upton away from home on March 14.
Hanging Heaton were also on the losing side in Division One last week, going down 22-12 away at Illingworth.
In Division Two, Shaw Cross Sharks missed their chance to close the gap on Fryston Warriors at the top of the table as they suffered a 24-12 defeat at the leaders.
Shaw Cross, whose NCL Division Three season opener at Batley Boys was postponed, went in front through Tennyson Neagle with player-coach Andrew Tillotson adding the conversion.
Fryston soon hit back, with Corey Southern touching down for a score improved by Jae Priest.
The Sharks edged back in front when Robson Sutcliffe crossed, with Tillotson’s second goal putting them 12-6 ahead.
The second half belonged to the Warriors, however, with unanswered tries from Morgan Jones, Priest and Andy Speake, along with two Priest conversions and a penalty, giving the Castleford outfit the win.
There was a victory for Thornhill Trojans though, as the fourth-placed side defeated Eastmoor Dragons 12-6.
Thornhill host King Cross Park tomorrow (Saturday) while Shaw Cross have an Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy semi-final at home to Seacroft to look forward to.