WEST HULL FALL AT FINAL HURDLE
West Hull were beaten 18-16 at Siddal on Saturday, ending their hopes of finishing Minor Premiership winners in the process. though a surprise victory by Rochdale Mayfield over Hunslet Club Parkside sees the Green and Golds finish second, just one point behind Wath Brow Hornets.
Wests and Wath Brow have been vying for top spot all season and Mark Hewitt's men held the advantage going into the last game but ultimately couldn't quite get past the Halifax-based outfit despite throwing everything at them in the last few minutes. A golden opportunity to salvage a draw presented itself with five minutes to go with a penalty in front of the posts but one point wouldn't have been enough as the Cumbrians, who beat neighbours Kells 22-14 in their final game, had a better points difference.
Honours were even in the early stages on a bright and breezy day in front of a big crowd and though Siddal raced into a six-point lead Wests hit back through Jack Watts to level the scores. The home side then scored in the corner for an unconverted try before Harry Tyson-Wilson levelled it up just before half-time following an excellent pass from Scott Spaven.
With the slope in their favour, Siddal began strongly in the second period and after strong pressure quick hands saw them go over on the left edge and the conversion took them six points clear. A series of penalties saw the home side consolidate their lead with a two-pointer and Wests had it all to do.
However, they produced a typical barnstorming finish, Jacob Moore crashing over in the right-hand corner following a pin-point Ian Kerman kick and when Ryan Wilson kicked a brilliant conversion it was game on. Wests had several chances to finish their opponents off in the last few minutes and thought they had scored on the left-hand edge only to have the try ruled out and the home side clung on, guaranteeing them sixth spot and a daunting trip to Hunslet in the play-offs. Thatto Heath are at home to Underbank in the other play-off fixture.
Wests will travel to Wath Brow in a fortnight with the winners automatically taking a Grand Final spot and the losers waiting for the play-offs to unravel before facing the winners at home.
Skirlaugh and Myton Warriors were both well beaten in what were meaningless games for them in Division 1 but Dockers continue their quest for promotion from Division 2. They have had a brilliant end-of-season campaign which keeps getting better. A 56-18 thrashing of Barrow Island sees them in next week's semi-final play-off semi-final where they face Crossfields at Tower Grange and two more victories would see them back in Division 1.