THE LOCAL derby between Thornhill Trojans and Dewsbury Celtic saw two sides lock horns with contrasting targets as the National Conference League Division Two season draws to a close.
Celtic were once again second best on home soil and slipped to a 30-12 defeat to high-flyers Thornhill, who jumped to third in the table and remain on course for back-to-back promotions.
Celtic are now looking over their shoulders at possible relegation if they don’t grab some points soon.
Thornhill, who recently won the Jim Brown Heavy Woollen Cup for the second year running, opened their account with a fourth-minute try from Ryan Fenton.
Winger Mindaugas Bendikas added another try midway through the first half and Danny Ratcliffe converted to give his side a 10-0 lead.
Celtic hit back with a Danny Crabtree try to give the visitors something to think about, but Danny Ratcliffe added a penalty two minutes before half-time to give the Trojans a 12-4 advantage at the break.
A Dougie Foster try reduced Celtic’s arrears to four points before converted tries from Danny Ratcliffe and Liam Green sealed the win for the away side.
Sam Ratcliffe added the two conversions to make it 24-8. Celtic replied through Crabtree who bagged his second try of the game before a Scott Dyson try and Sam Ratcliffe goal made sure the points went home with Thornhill.
Thornhill host promotion-chasers Saddleworth Rangers tomorrow (Sat Sep 10, 2.30pm) and Dewsbury Celtic travel to second-placed Askam on the same day (2.30pm).