Trojans hit top form as semifinal awaits

Thornhill Trojans prepared perfectly for their Yorkshire Cup semifinal clash with a 360 win over Boothtown Terriers in round one of the Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy.
With one eye of tomorrow’s (Sat) clash, head coach James Ratcliffe had rested a number of first choice players but that made no difference in the end.
However, despite the onesided  fulltime score, this game will be remembered for illdiscipline as referee Steve Williams brandished six yellow cards and awarded a host of penalties.
Play became so disjointed that, with 12 minutes still left to play, Williams blew for fulltime and marched towards the changing rooms.
Luckily for the Trojans, they had notchedup a 300 lead by halftime, which left Boothtown all but out of the tie.
Captain Anthony Harris got the ball rolling with the game’s first try, which Ryan Glynn converted superbly.
This try was quickly followed by one from Ben Eastwood. The backrower took a pass 10 metres short and dived over for Gylnn to make it 120. However, as the try was awarded, the referee had spotted an infringement in back play and showed Scott Green a yellow card for walking away from his lecture.
Tempers frayed from that point and that resulted in a minor fracas and two more sinbinnings.
Thornhill’s Rob Kelly and Boothtown’s Wayne Scott were both yellowcarded.
When play resumed, the 11man Thronhill were boosted by the return of Green, who then raced 40 metres to score another try for the hosts and matters worsened for the Terriers as Anthony Harris caught them cold from a quicktap penalty.
The final try of the half came courtesy of Jake Wilson. The secondrower cut inside three wouldbe tacklers to slide over and with Glynn’s fifth conversion, his side led 300.
Despite a vibrant first 40 minutes, the second half was something of a non event as Simon Walker’s try on 41 minutes proved to be the final real moment of the match.
The game fell into something of a farce as the referee brandished three further yellow cards for dissent before finally bringing proceedings to an abrupt end.
Nevertheless, the Trojans already had victory in the bag.

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