Amateur RL: Pennine League round-up

EMLEY MOOR have taken a huge step in their bid for Pennine League Second Division glory.

EMLEY MOOR have taken a huge step in their bid for Pennine League Second Division glory.

Thair dramatic 17-16 home triumph over title rivals Boothtown Terriers has helped them strengthen their second-placed position as they trail leaders Illingworth on points difference only.

Both sides have won nine of their opening 10 games as the battle for the title appears to becoming a two-horse race.

And that point would be reinforced if Moor take the honours on Saturday at home to Lindley Swifts, who have just had another game postponed, this time against Dodworth.

At the same time, Slaithwaite Saracens’ Premier Division title challenge received a major blow as they were beaten 14-0 at second-placed Drighlington in what turned out to be a frustrating day, on and off the field.

Because of ground conditions, the hosts had to change the playing venue, which was approximately two miles from the changing rooms.

On top of that, vague directions meant several Saracens players got lost and the referee started the game with the last three men running onto the pitch without any pre-match warm-up.

From start to finish, it was a close encounter, with the home side making the most of their limited chances, and at half-time it was 8-0 to Drighlington thanks to a converted try and penalty.

It proved just as frustrating after the break, with the Saracens penalised for holding down, even though it was regularly case of the Drighlington players moving off the mark at the play-the-ball.

Another penalty halfway on the hour extended the hosts’ lead before the sealed the contest with the last play of the game when Drighlington’s left winger punted the ball forward from inside his own half, hacked it on again and managed to ground the ball to seal a flattering 14-point success.

 
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