KINSLEY Raiders bagged a morale-boosting 18-18 draw in last Saturday’s friendly match against a strong Normanton Knights A team coached by former Wakefield Trinity star Billy Conway.
Under the supervision of new coach Stuart Morris, Kinsley have been training hard in the past seven weeks and they produced a well-drilled performance.
Knights named a team that included first team players while several youngsters made their debut for Raiders, for whom eight of the 23 players fielded were aged under-18 in a squad that boasted a good mix of youth and experience.
And it was the hosts who got off to a flying start when the impressive Matt Stogden scored a fine individual try and added the conversion to put Kinsley 6-0 up.
Normanton hit back with their own converted try to level the scores going into the break.
Raiders’ defence continued to look strong in the second period but the Knights appeared to be in control when they opened-up an 18-6 lead.
However, Kinsley fought back and Stogden bagged his second score and conversion of the game to cut the deficit to six points.
The home side continued to push forward and they clinched a draw when Gary Land crossed for a try, improved by Stogden.
Stogden scooped the Kinsley Hotel man of the match trophy while Dick Pickersgill and Danny Barnes shared the Neil Martin Flooring top tackle award.
Raiders are hoping to play another friendly before the new season starts on September 3.
Read Thursday’s Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express for more rugby league news.