THORNHILL TROJANS retained the Jim Brown Heavy Woollen Cup after an impressive fightback sealed a 30-16 win over local rivals Shaw Cross Sharks at Dewsbury Rams’ Tetley’s Stadium.
Shaw Cross started the game brightly and were quick to take the lead in the contest.
Despite some resolute defending in the opening minutes of the final from Thornhill, Shaw Cross finally broke through the Trojans rear guard with a try from Thomas Stuckey on 17 minutes.
The Sharks followed it up with their second touchdown of the game thanks to the efforts of Luke Hudson who forced his way over from close range.
A Danny Flowers goal increased Thornhill’s arrears, but shortly afterwards the Overthorpe Park side got themselves within touching distance of the Sharks with a try from Josh Clough on 36 minutes. Sam Ratcliffe converted and the Trojans were trailing by just four points at the interval.
A Flowers goal after the restart proved to be just a small blip in what turned out to be a half dominated by the Trojans.
When a Shaw Cross player spilled a high ball in the rain, Scott Lee capitalised to go over for the Trojans’ second try of the match. Ratcliffe’s conversion levelled the scores.
But Thornhill weren’t finished there and took the lead thanks to a four-pointer from Ben Kendall who touched down following a long powerful run to the line.
Ratcliffe once again converted to keep his 100 per cent record intact.
Shortly afterwards and another high kick wasn’t dealt with by Shaw Cross. The Sharks error paved the way for George Woodcock to cross the whitewash following a period of confusion. Ratcliffe converted with a fine long range effort.
In the closing stages Shaw Cross sparked into life but it was too little too late from the National Conference League Division One side.
Thomas Rodgers went over for a try to make the score appear more respectable for the Sharks, but it was Thornhill’s Lee who went over for the game’s final try to round off an impressive win. Ratcliffe converted.
The Trojans are once again Heavy Woollen champions and have proved themselves to be the team to beat across the district.