NEWSOME Panthers Under 11s completed their Yorkshire Junior League season on a high with a 14-8 victory at Featherstone Lions.
Joe Hughes scored the first of his two tries with just minutes remaining to add to the opening score by Alistair Wilford.
Straight from the first whistle both sets of forwards were trying to dominate the middle of the park.
Scrum-half and parents player of the year Henry Barton showed some excellent ball handling skills to distribute to captain Thomas Spiliotis who drove the ball in strong and hard.
Featherstone showed great line speed to keep the score at 0-0 until the 17th minute when a brilliant kick from stand-off Hughes bounced favourably for winger Wilford to go over for his first try of the season.
Featherstone then quickly replied to level at 4-4 at half time.
The second half started with Newsome’s Billy Denton demonstrating why the coaches picked him for the man of the match award by weaving in and out of the Featherstone players to off-load to Ben Holmes and eventually to Hughes who scored his first.
Max Corscadden successfully added the conversion.
The home side responded with an unconverted try own but their attacks were met by excellent defence from Daniel Jessop, Wesley McGuire and Billy Haywood.
The referee had to send three Featherstone players to the sin-bin and the visitors took advantage.
Newsome kept their discipline and eventually scored their winning try through a combination of Jamie Lynch and Hughes.
St Joseph’s Sharks Under 17s put in a spirited display against undefeated Harehills before falling to a 20-8 defeat.
Although they were lacking eight players, the Sharks started well with some strong drives from Sam Whitworth, Frazer Morris, Jordan Cogan and Shashwat Mishra.
But they were made to pay for defensive lapses and trailed 16-0 at the break.
In the second period Joes’s produced a better performance and Tom Beaumont crashed over in the corner.
Scott Gledhill almost managed to get over the line but the Harehills last line of defence proved too strong.
At the other end, Jakob Garside prevented the away side adding to their lead with some great last-ditch defence.
Harehills added the final points of the match on the break but there were a lot of positives for the home team to take into their next match away to Methley.