A SPIRITED second-half fightback wasn’t enough as Mirfield Stags slipped to a 46-26 defeat at the hands of Doncaster Toll Bar in the Yorkshire Men’s League Premier Division.
The Stags started strong, drawing first blood, but it wasn’t long before Toll Bar returned with a try of their own to level up the scores.
Doncaster then took advantage of a stint of territory to lead at the break.
The hosts built on their first-half advantage to take a strong lead into the final quarter.
But Mirfield battled back and scored three unanswered tries to gain some consolation.
SLeon James broke the deadlock, earning Mirfield’s and the game’s first points.
But despite calls for what looked a blatant forward pass, Tom Ross levelled it up for Toll Bar just three minutes later.
The Stags regained the lead not long after, though, with Scott Bradley smashing his way through the Doncaster defence to touch down. Graham Charlesworth’s successful conversion made it 10-4.
From the restart, though, disaster struck for Mirfield.
A fortunate bounce from kick-off allowed Jono Burns to level matters once more, prior to ex-pro Peter Green giving the home side an interval advantage.
Burns scored his second to put the South Yorkshire outfit in the driving seat prior to the hour mark before Shaun Carey added his name to the scoresheet to make it 28-10.
A quick-fire Shaun Roberts double ended Mirfield’s hopes of success, prior to the game being sealed for Doncaster via a late Carey try.
The visitors battled back with a trio of scores, courtesy of Liam Walsh, Tom Coates and skipper Wayne Jowett, setting up a tense climax.
But a last-ditch Carey try added icing to the Toll Bar cake, Roberts converting for the seventh time that afternoon.
The Stags, who are currently ninth in the table, travel to York Acorn A tomorrow (Sat, 2.30pm).