Meltham All Blacks finished their season in style with a 30-22 away to Illingworth A.
The win secured third place in the Pennine League’s Division Six West, but the powerful Illingworth side got off to a strong start with a try from their first attack.
Once Meltham settled into the contest the tide began to turn and from their first excursion into Illingworth territory the visitors winger Harvey Hindle touched down in the corner and the goal from Andy Farrell gave the All Blacks the lead.
The Halifax side hit back but their lead was short lived as Meltham hooker Adam Lodge touched down.
Back came Illingworth with two more tries, but that did not knock Meltham out of their stride and Dave Farrell scored to hold a half-time lead of 18-16.
In the second half Meltham rattled the home side when Matty Carter scored a try from inside his own half.
Totally in control and keeping their discipline in defence, Meltham’s final try was the best of the game.
Starting under their own posts the ball was worked upfield before a brilliant ball from Steve Farrell put Carter through a gap to race through and under the posts – Andy Farrell kicking his fifth conversion of the game.
For the second consecutive game centre Elliot Smith grabbed a hat trick of tries in a Mirfield Stags victory.
Despite being without former Super League stars Robbie Hunter-Paul and Francis Maloney, the Stags turned on the style with a convincing 56-10 win over Milford Marlins A in the Yorkshire Men’s League.
It was a 10-try demolition in which full-back Ross Hayden played a big part with a personal points haul of 24 as he kicked eight of his 10 shots at goal and grabbed tries either side of half-time.
As the Marlins lost discipline, being reduced to 11-men at one stage after a sin-binning and then a dismissal, the Stags cut loose with touchdowns coming from centre James Wilson, Ben Mather, prop Kryss Tominay, stand off Jake Shaw and winger Oliver Rounding.
Stags Academy fought back from 30 points but eventually lost 42-22 at the hands of Stanley Rangers A in Yorkshire Men’s League Division Four.