SIX first-half tries helped Thornhill Trojans to a 38-24 victory over local rivals Dewsbury Moor Maroons.
In the first minute Adam Johnson took a pass on the half way line and out-paced the defence to score under the posts, Joel Gibson added the extras.
Some good drives by forwards Ben Kendall and man of the match Jake Wilson put Thornhill in a strong position and the ball was worked to Sam Ratcliffe. The winger dived over in the corner for an unconverted score.
As Thornhill mounted their next attack, Moor winger George Croisdale intercepted a long pass, raced 60 metres and went in under the posts. Jacob Flathers converted to close the gap to 10-6.
In a 15-minute spell Thornhill amassed a further 22 points as Josh Clough barged his way over and Johnson got his second of the game shortly after.
Four minutes later Gibson got in on the action, with some help from Luke Haigh, after a break from half-way line to score his first of the afternoon.
Scott Green completed Thornhill’s first-half rout, with Gibson converting three of the four scores with the Trojans holding complete control of the game.
However Moor hit back and scored on the stroke of half-time with a James Samme try.
The loose forward powered his way over to touch down, and Flathers converted to make the score 32-12 at half time.
The home side came out much more determined in the second half and the game developed into an arm wrestle.
That was until Haigh made a break just after the hour mark from his own 22-metre line. He put full-back Gibson clear and with time to celebrate, before touching down under the posts. He then converted his own score.
The last word of the day was to go to Moor, with a well-taken Ady Moore try. The former Huddersfield man crossed the line from close range despite the attentions of several defenders.
Toby Richardson then scored just before the final whistle, as Flathers rounded off the day’s events with the scoreline reading 38-24 in favour of the Trojans.
The win sees Thornhill hold a three-point lead over third-placed Stanningley after they lost to Drighlington. Hunslet Club Parkside remain top on 18 points. Moor remain fourth.