IN-FORM First Division leaders Slaithwaite Saracens moved into the last four of the Holliday Cup with a hard-fought 28-6 home triumph over Third Division title-chasers Lindley Swifts.
As expected, the contest proved to be fierce, with a tough forward battle from the start and the Swifts pounding their hosts’ tryline.
But when second-rower Matt Lodge stormed over from 25m and Danny Garside added the conversion to give the Saracens the lead after 20 minutes, Slaithwaite began to take control.
Three minutes before the break Ritchie Hawkyard was over after another great passing move and again Garside added the extras, and on the stroke of half-time Richard Flooks raced in at the corner to make it 16-0.
That momentum was maintained 10 minutes after the restart when Hawkyard started a move on his own 20m line which involved a number of players and finished with the player-coach scoring under the posts for Garside to add an easy conversion.
But Lindley never gave up and three minutes later Senior squeezed over from close in and Turner converted to reduce Slaithwaite’s advantage.
Any hopes of a thrilling Swifts’ fightback were quickly dashed, however, as Mick Bostock crossed for another converted score to seal a 28-6 triumph.
Yet even though it was Slaithwaite who progressed, the Swifts made a great game of it and, for the first time in the last four games, they made the Saracens play for a full 80 minutes.