Thornhill Trojans booked their place in this year’s John Kane Cup Final with a 34-10 victory over Batley Boys DMR.
In sweltering conditions the Batley Boys side, led admirably by Mick Dyson, pushed the experienced Trojans all the way.
The Trojans experience proved key in contending with an enthusiastic Batley side.
Anthony Broadhead, Declan Tomlinson and Johnny Mack ran the show for the Trojans with some classy ball handling.
These players provided the platform for Declan Kaye and Jason Milner to make numerous inroads into the Boys defence.
It was Broadhead who made the first break of the game as Thornhill opened the scoring.
The hulking forward made good yards before offloading the ball to the onrushing Tomlinson, who took play to the line.
Tomlinson was held short but Thornhill scored seconds later as Broadhead sent a pass out to Jake Hickling who grounded to the side of the posts.
Thornhill continued to build the pressure and were in for a second time as Broadhead put Nick Sharp over for a try which went unconverted.
The irrepressible Dyson put Batley back in the game with a brilliant solo effort.
The Boys captain broke clear before skipping past a would-be tackler to score by the posts. Dyson also added the extras.
In the run-up to half-time Adam Allerton looked to have powered over for a try but the referee waved away the score due to a forward pass.
Soon after the second half restart the Trojans built on their four-point advantage.
Tomlinson charged straight through the Batley Boys defence and planted the ball down one-handed over the line.
The visitors continued to press and increased their lead as
Mack timed his run perfectly to collect the ball and cross the whitewash.
The Trojans virtually confirmed their place in the final as Josh Clough took a pass from Broadhead to dot down.
Dyson added his and Batley’s second try soon after however as he sold a dummy to cut through the away defence.
As the game neared it’s conclusion tempers boiled over, once order was restored Liam Morley was given 10 minutes in the bin for his involvement in the melee.
Despite being a man light Thornhill sealed their victory with a second score from Mack.
Tomlinson converted the final points of the game and helped put Thornhill ‘A’ one step closer to a succesive John Kane Cup triumph.