THORNHILL Trojans’ promotion dreams took a hit after they were edged out 18-16 away at Bradford Dudley Hill in the National Conference League Division Two.
This year’s BARLA National Cup champions were brought back down to earth with a bang going 10-0 down against Dudley Hill after they scored two tries in close succession through Danny Samuel and Martin Southwell. Elliott Cousins converted one of the touchdowns.
The Trojans hit back with a try from James Craven and Sam Ratcliffe added the extras. But Craven’s game ended early after he suffered a severe head injury.
And things quickly got worse for the visitors when Andrew Walker crossed over for the hosts for a converted try which stretched their lead to 10 points.
The Trojans refused to go away, however, scoring tries through Mindaugas Bendikas and Ratcliffe – who also added one conversion to level the scores.
But just as the game neared its end with a share of the points the away side conceded a penalty and were duly punished with just two minutes left on the clock.
Cousins was the man with the conversion to clinch the win for Dudley Hill.
The defeat leaves Thornhill in fifth place in the Division Three standings.
But the Overthorpe Park outfit look to get back on track when they face Wigan St Judes tomorrow (Sat 2.30pm).