St Judes hamper Trojans progress

THORNHILL TROJANS’ promotion hopes were handed a severe blow by a resurgent Wigan St Judes, who won 24-16 to boost their survival chances in National Conference League Division Two. 

The Trojans led 12-6 at the break and looked set to close in on second-placed Askam before Judes ran in two late tries to complete a second-half comeback and secure the two points.

But the visitors’ cause wasn’t helped when James Craven was sent off for a high tackle.

A Jake Wilson try for the Trojans, converted by Sam Ratcliffe, gave them a fifth-minute lead before the home side replied.

Joey Brady crossed for the hosts and Scott Robinson landed the conversion, but a Craven try and Ratcliffe goal gave the visitors the advantage at the break.

A Brett Taberner try and Robinson goal pulled Judes level but it took them until the closing stages to go on and seal the two points.

Man-of-the-match Gavin Roden crossed for a try on 71 minutes with one for Dean Hunt four minutes later.

Both touchdowns were goaled by Robinson before George Woodcock grabbed a consolation try late on for the Trojans.

The defeat leaves the Overthorpe Park side in seventh, four points adrift of second place in Division Two.

National Conference League teams don’t play this weekend due to the Challenge Cup final, but they will return on Saturday September 3 (2.30pm) when the Trojans travel to Crow Nest Park to take on rivals Dewsbury Celtic.

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