Ossett Trinity Tigers 32-28 Thornhill Trojans ‘A’
There were scenes of delight at the final whistle after 80 dramatic minutes of rugby ended with Ossett Trinity Tigers claiming the John Kane Heavy Woollen Cup.
The Tigers raced into a 16-0 lead and were 20 points in front early in the second half, before Thornhill fought back to reduce the different to just two.
Marcus Stocks scored the crucial try straight from the restart to provide relief for Ossett but, after another Trojans score, they had to hold on to claim the trophy.
“We’re over the moon,” said victorious head coach Simon Hagger. “We’re trying to breed a culture where it’s one big family and today it showed, and you saw that with the celebrations at the end.
“Once we got into our stride I always felt we could score points, and I knew the defence could be there. It was just a case of putting good sets together and we’d be alright.
“We showed that we could do that but we just lacked composure at times and that’s why we let them back into the game. Credit to Thornhill, there wasn’t a different in the end because it’s a cup final.”
Ossett got the first try after just four minutes as Brandon Bates sent a kick in front of Adam Newby which the man of the match claimed with space ahead of him to cross.
Zak Harrod had a try ruled out for Thornhill before the Tigers hit the front with two more tries in the space of three minutes. The first came from a kick downfield and brilliant chase, which saw the defender lose the ball in-goal for Bates to touch down.
The Trojans’ restart went out on the full and Ossett then scored again on the first play from a penalty, as Jonjo Fox charged under the posts. Elliott Schofield added both conversions for a 16-point advantage.
Ash Berry had a great score for Ossett ruled out for a forward pass, but otherwise it was Thornhill putting on pressure heading into half-time. They only had one try to show for it though, when James Craven supported a break down the left by Liam Ward. Declan Tomlinson’s kick made it 16-6 at the interval.
The Tigers came out firing again at the beginning of the second half and scored two tries in the first nine minutes. Newby got his second of the match by making a superb break from inside his own half, displaying searing pace to sprint to the line.
Winger Adam Firth then managed to muscle his way past several defenders in the corner, with Schofield adding both kicks to put his side on course for the cup at 26-6.
Thornhill had other ideas though, and four tries in 14 minutes brought them right back into the contest. The first came following a spell of pressure as a neat move left saw Brad Llewellyn and Craven combine to send Harrod into the corner.
A Craven kick then caused havoc and, with the tackle count reset as a result, Liam Morley darted over from dummy half to score. Just three minutes later, Berry misjudged a kick down the left wing and Llewellyn took advantage to pick up the ball and run in.
The pressure on Ossett seemed relentless and Thornhill got over again as Craven charged over from a Llewellyn pass. Tomlinson added the conversion from close to the touchline and, just two points behind, a full comeback looked inevitable.
However, the restart following that try was stopped by the foot of a Trojans player and Stocks got to the ball first, not only gathering it but managing to drive all the way to the line as well for a try improved by Schofield.
Ossett would still have to survive a nervy finish after Josh Gearey scooted over, but they held on in the final five minutes to triumph.