Kinsley Raiders travelled to Swillington and made it four wins out of five in Division Four of the Pennine League to set up a top of the table clash at the Hemsworth Sports Centre with leaders Wortley Dragons.
They started the game on fire with strong running from the forwards in particular and Lewis Stogden a revelation after switching from scrum-half to the second row.
Lee Trigg and Ben Lions set up a brilliant platform from which Kinsley took the two points on offer from a penalty for a high tackle on Gaz Webber, Lew Stogden slotting it over. From the restart the Raiders marched back up field and scrum-half Dean Walker powered his way over four Swillington defenders to plant the ball between the posts to give Stogden an easy conversion.
Kinsley then came under pressure, but showed great goal-line defence and were relieved when a monster kick for touch from a penalty by Stu Stogden got them back attacking.
Great thinking from MOM hooker Gaz Davies saw him go down the blind side to create a two-on-one position from which Ad Morley scored to make it 12-0.
Prop Morley could then have been mistaken for Jonathan Thurston as he chipped the ball over the defensive line for Trigg to scoop up and go 40 yards before giving a peach of a pass to the supporting Ash Wild who did the rest to plant the ball between the posts.
Lew Stogden’s conversion stretched the lead to 18 points, but Kinsley knocked on from the restart and Swillington took advantage of the field position to score a try that was controversially awarded after their winger appeared to have put a foot in touch. The conversion made it 18-6 at the break.
The second half was tight with good defence from both teams, but the Raiders cracked as three quick tries put them 20-18 behind with only two minutes remaining.
However, they did not give in, forced an error from the restart with some ferocious tackling and came up with a winning try. Stu Moran rolled back the years with an amazing 30-yard break from acting-half and although he was tackled, Stu Stogden picked up from acting-half to race over to end the game in thrilling style with Kinsley the 24-20 winners.
MOM was hooker Gaz Davies, closely followed by the tackling machine centre Dave Shipley and stand-off Stu Moran. Kinsley’s top tackler was centre Ash Wild with Dave Shipley second and Lee Trigg third. Everyone is encouraged to get up to the Hemsworth Sports Centre this Saturday for the top of the table clash against Wortley Dragons.
Kinsley have congratulated young up and coming star Jordan Taylor, who has made the Yorkshire under 19s squad.