SLAITHWAITE Saracens are just one win away from the Pennine League Third Division title.
A splendid 34-2 victory over Whitehall Warriors, coupled with Lindley slipping up against Sharlston A, means they are within touching distance of the crown.
Despite Whitehall taking the lead with a penalty after just five minutes when Saracens were caught offside, the Slaithwaite team were in no mood to miss out and didn’t concede again in the match.
Just three minutes after going behind Richard Flooks went over in the corner to put Slaithwaite ahead after Lee Mason had chipped over the defence and flicked out a pass.
Flooks failed with the touchline conversion, but the Saracens never looked back and started to take control.
Tries from Aaron Crabtree, Mark Boothroyd and Mick Mellor – all converted by Flooks – put them nicely ahead and they went into the break on the right end of a 22-2 scoreline. In the second half, the Warriors put up some dogged defence to restrict the home side.
But they still managed to run in tries for Kyle Dyson and James Bracken, which were both converted by Flooks to maintain the flow of points.
They completed an excellent win for the Saracens after their tough cup matches, especially with some younger players thrown in against a very useful Whitehall side.