LINDLEY Swifts’ Under 13 side produced a superb second-half fightback to beat Slaithwaite Saracens 48-38.
The win keeps the Swifts in the top three of the Yorkshire Junior League’s Fourth Division, but it was Slaithwaite who started strongly and took the lead.
During the first half the teams were matching each other try for try – Jamie Kelly, Seth Ramsay Clay and Tom Booth scoring for Lindley – but it was Saracens who turned round 18-12 in front.
The second half saw the Swifts come back out determined to win, but they still had to battle hard to keep the visitors out.
Fluent passing moves inspired by Kelly and some strong running and tackling from Booth, Lewis Harrison, Callan Rodgers, Lewis Reed and Luke Ramsden saw Lindley take control.
But it also needed a strong tackling stint led by Tyler Broscombe to keep Slaithwaite at bay.
The Swifts defence and attack were much tighter and only allowed Slaithwaite to score a further 12 points before full-time.
The Swifts tries in the second half came from Ramsden, Booth, Ben Jessop and Luke Lenihan, while Kelly added two goals and Tyler Broscombe kicked four conversions.
The player of the match award was shared by Broscombe and Booth, while the grafter award went to Kelly and most improved to Lenihan.