BIRSTALL VICTORIA recorded their first away win of the season by a 38-36 margin at Airedale Cougars, but after conceding four late tries, the away team was desperate to hear the final whistle.
In a slow first half, Birstall came out on top scoring three tries to Airedale’s two, with full-back and man-of-the-match Braden Hunter scoring first and a further two tries added by centre Ryan Ginnelly.
Birstall started the second half in confident mood, and added another three tries, with scrum-half Tony Aubrey adding a quick-fire double.
The lively half-back was soon followed over the line by a superb long range effort from Hunter to take the score to 12-32 and the Vic looked in total control.
Unfortunately the visitors’ confidence seemed to be drained away and the home side made yards with ease, adding three tries under the sticks within a 10 minute period, bringing the score to 30-32.
The Vic players rallied with forwards Craig Stevens and Daniel Kirk driving the ball hard off their own line, which gave Birstall the field position for captain Matty Smith to score in the corner and ease the away side’s nerves.
But with only minutes to go the Airedale team scored again, leading to a tense finale.
But the Vic players completed their final set with a good clearing kick and the referee blew his whistle much to the relief of the travelling support.
There is no game in the Yorkshire Men’s League for Birstall tomorrow (Sat) with their next game away at Sheffield Hillsborough Hawks on June 14.