THORNHILL TROJANS have reached the quarter-finals of this year’s BARLA National Cup after overpowering a well-drilled West Bowling side 22-14.
The Bradford based outfit put up a huge fight against Thornhill until the 73rd minute, when the hosts sealed the win through a Sam Ratcliffe try.
But Thornhill performed well throughout despite missing several key players following the previous week’s bruising encounter against Hull Dockers.
This meant Andrew Bates and Joe Waters were given starts along with Luke Carter, Scott Carter and George Woodcock.
Adam Johnson was another player returning to first team action and marked the occasion by scoring two tries.
His first touchdown came in the opening period and gave Thornhill a 4-0 advantage but that lead had gone by half-time when both teams were locked at 4-4 following a Danny Gregory try, who showed good skill and pace to touch down in the 30th minute.
But Thornhill were resurgent after the break and scored almost from the restart.
Liam Morley touched down and Ratcliffe added the extras.
And shortly afterwards Woodcock completed a fine move to extend the hosts lead.
And this try was followed by Johnson’s second of the match, but again Thornhill failed to add the conversion.
Despite conceding three tries early in the second half West Bowling showed good spirit.
Liam Coe pulled one try back for the visitors and they thought they had bagged themselves another only for the referee to rule that the ball had been held up over the line.
Emotions ran high after the decision and the visitors’ coaches were shown red cards.
The game was then rounded off with a try from Ratcliffe, who charged his way over in the corner.
But there was time for a West Bowling consolation try when a Trojans pass was intercepted, which allowed Gregory to go over for his second of the game and narrow his side’s defeat to 22-14 following Coe’s conversion.