SLAITHWAITE Saracens are celebrating a superb Pennine Cup double.
The senior side reached the semi-final of the President’s Cup with a 26-24 home triumph over Wibsey.
And the second string booked a last-four spot in the Supplementary Cup with a 20-6 home triumph over Hanging Heaton.
It was also a good day for St Joseph’s, too, who were celebrating just their second Championship Division victory of the season with a 14-10 home triumph over Ossett!
Slaithwaite’s first team were made to battle all the way to get the better of their Premier Division rivals.
Tom Guinan forced his way over for the opening try, converted by Gavin Dyson.
But the visitors soon made their intentions clear by levelling the scores after 15 minutes and then taking the lead just before the break with a try when the ball was grounded short.
To make matters worse, John Birt was sin-binned disputing it!
Within five minutes of the restart the lively visitors scored again to extended their lead to 10 points, and the pressure was on.
But the hosts were able to keep their composure, with further tries from Jaydon Cavell-Wood and Luke Karolzcuk to take the lead with 10 minutes remaining.
But Wibsey almost immediately regained the lead before Guinan, who never stopped testing the Warriors defence, broke through again to score and level the scores. Dyson held his nerve and converted to give the Saracens a thrilling, hard-earned win.
Arguably, Slaithwaite’s second string produced the performance of the round to beat highly-fancied Hanging Heaton.
Nathan Shaw ran in a hat trick of tries, with Richard Gutteridge also touching down, supported by a conversion by Adam Heal and a penalty by Rob Levis.
That helped the hosts open up a 20-0 lead, with their outstanding defensive effort matching their attacking heroics.
The visitors from Dewsbury did score a consolation try in the last five minutes.
But that failed to take the gloss of what was an excellent win for the Saracens.