SLAITHWAITE SARACENS’ second string are the Pennine League Division V champions!
They secured the title after an emphatic 36-8 victory at Queensbury and took the honours with two games to spare.
But it was only in the second half that they underlined their class.
They led 10-8 at the break thanks to tries from Sam Crowther and Lee Hurd and a Josh Worthington conversion.
And it soon became clear that playing uphill in the opening 40 minutes was the major hurdle.
The Saracens were soon into their stride down the slope, producing some good, open rugby and paving the way for further tries from Worthington, Jamie Summers and Kyle Dyson (2), with Worthington and Ellis adding the conversions.
On top of that, Queensbury were unable to break down a resolute Slaithwaite defence that was dominant throughout.
Overall, it was a typical Saracens all-round team performance that laid the foundation for the victory, led magnificently by man-of-the-match players Crowther and Dyson.
Unfortunately, Slaithwaite’s Premier Division ending to the season has been far less eye-catching.
After securing their top-flight survival earlier in the campaign, the Saracens finished the campaign as victims of their own success, with key players now in action at Championship I club Swinton Lions and several others ruled out through injury.
As a result, they were forced to entertain leaders Queens with just 11 men and, not surprisingly, suffered a 36-14 defeat.
Having built up a 24-2 interval advantage, the visitors looked to be racing away with the game.
But as has become the norm this season, the Saracens dug deep and put the Leeds side under great pressure and matched them in every department.
In fact, they finished the game the stronger, scoring the last try with five minutes remaining to send their supporters home happy.
Another side who could soon have something to celebrate are Division IV side Underbank Rangers who moved a step closer to promotion with their 38-11 home triumph over Queens A.