Trojans inches away from crazy comeback

Trojans inches away from crazy comeback

Thornhill almost pulled off a remarkable comeback but were forced to settle for a 28-28 draw at home to Skirlaugh. 

The Trojans trailed 26-4 at one point in the second half but drew level, only for Danny Ratcliffe’s drop-goal attempt to rebound off the crossbar with seconds remaining. 

Poor goal-kicking cost the Trojans as they out-scored their opponents six tries to five. 

Skirlaugh tested Thornhill from the kick off and kept the home side pinned on their own tryline. 

The visitors’ pressure finally told as Carl Puckering crossed for the game’s first try. 

The away side extended their lead as Mike Johnson took advantage of some inept defending from Thornhill and grounded for a try in the corner. 

Johnson added his second and Skirlaugh’s third when the Trojans defence became stretched.

Emotions boiled over as George Stott and Dave Wilson were both sent off for fighting.

The Trojans utilised the extra space, with Will Gledhill sending Joss Ratcliffe over in the corner for the Trojans’ first try. 

Skirlaugh swiftly cancelled out the score as a quick interchange of passes sliced through the Thornhill defence, Declan Reece touched down close to the posts.

The visitors added insult to injury as Reece Dean intercepted the ball and raced the length of the field before teasing the Thornhill support as he delayed his grounding of the ball. 

From the restart Thornhill started their fightback as Skirlaugh lost possession. 

Ratcliffe pounced on the loose ball and raced over for a try between the posts. 

Sam Ratcliffe made a break down the wing before finding Jake Ratcliffe who raced away to score. 

Skirlaugh were awarded a penalty and opted to kick for goal, Puckering slotted the two points with ease.

As the minutes ticked away Gledhill forced his way over from close range to reduce the deficit to four points. 

Danny Ratcliffe took advantage of another error from the visitors as he seized upon a knock on and went over in the corner. 

Sam Ratcliffe had the chance to put Thornhill ahead but missed his conversion attempt. 

In the final seconds Danny Ratcliffe had the opportunity to complete a stunning comeback but saw his drop-goal attempt hit the crossbar, and the Trojans settled for a draw.

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