Trojans in county final

Thornhill Trojans have one hand on the Yorkshire County Cup – and boss James Ratcliffe insists the hard work is already done.
His side upset the odds to knock out holders Queens in last Saturday’s semifinal but the result came as no shock to Ratcliffe, who has coached the Trojans to a 12month unbeaten run.
However, a further test lies in wait. Pennine League Premier Division side Hunslet Old Boys are their cup final opponents and once again, Thornhill will go into the game at The Rapids Solicitors Stadium, on December 27, as underdogs.
Ratcliffe said: “I believe we’ve done the hard work now in getting to the final and it will come down to who wants it most on the day.
“I wasn’t at all surprised that we beat Queens. We’ve been unbeaten now for over 12 months and we have a very strong squad here.”
“We don’t know too much about Hunslet Old Boys but what we do know is that they play a high standard of rugby.
“When I was coaching professionally, I worked with some of their younger players and I was impressed with what I saw.
“It will be a tough final but I think Hunslet will pay us some respect after the victory over Queens. We are good enough to win the title.
“Queens gave us little respect and I wasn’t over happy with the way they conducted themselves during the game.
“It would have been tough on the lads if we had have lost because we had the game wrapped up.
“We scored twice late on but the referee disallowed both.
“And it got worse when one of their redcarded players unbelievably came back on during extra time.
“The good guys won in my opinion.”
Neither of the finalists have ever won the competition. Hunslet Old Boys were losers in the 2009 final but Thornhill have never reached the showpiece game.

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