BIRSTALL VICTORIA came agonisingly close to their first away points of the season as they lost 32-28 at Elland.
Once again Birstall Victoria struggled defensively and should have easily walked away with the two points, but errors gifted the game to an average Elland side.
The hosts scored first after 10 minutes, but the Vic came fighting back with two great tries from winger Danny Howard on 24 and 30 minutes.
The first was set up by second-row Dave Dyson, and the second by some strong running from centre Braden Hunter.
Elland completed their first-half scoring with another try on 35 minutes, but again the Vic came back with another powerful run and try from the in-form Hunter on 38 minutes, leaving the half-time score at 18-12 to the visitors.
The second half started as a very tight affair, but strong running from centre and man-of-the-match Jonny Parrish and great defensive work from Matthew Gowland, gave the Birstall side full control of the game.
Then with 15 second-half minutes gone Birstall’s defence went into meltdown, allowing Elland to run in three unanswered tries, to give them a 28-18 lead.
For the third time the Vic players had to fight hard to stay in the game, and they did with tries from winger Scott Sheard, and a superb individual try from player-coach Brendan Sheridan – where he collected his own kick 20 yards out and beat the Elland full-back with ease to finish under the posts.
With just five minutes to go and the score all level at 28-28, the Vic momentum was blown away with a knock on from the Elland restart, and from the resulting scrum the home side completed the scoring with a try in the corner – leaving the hosts to take a narrow 32-28 victory.
Birstall’s next game is at Stanningley tomorrow (Sat).