Battling Hemsworth RUFC overturned a half-time deficit to secure crucial winning points with a slender 20-19 victory against Thornensians in Yorkshire Division 3 on Saturday.
The win was Hemsworth’s third on the spin and mirrored the scoreline in their last success on home soil against Burley.
The points will ease any relegation fears around Moxon Fields as Carl Wroe’s side gained revenge for defeat in the reverse fixture.
The boggy conditions did not suit free-flowing rugby but both sides played their part in an entertaining game that went right down to the wire.
Things did not look good for the hosts in the opening 20 minutes as the visitors, in with a slender chance of promotion, dominated early exchanges.
Their reward was to open the scoring after 14 minutes, with a pushover try awarded and the successful conversion put Thornensians 7-0 to the good.
It took Hemsworth a while to get going and their first attack came through Rob Taylor, who took a bad knock to his face in the tackle and had to be replaced by Jase Key.
The injury was one of a number suffered by the hosts, with Key being replaced soon after with another facial injury.
With tempers running high Hemsworth upped their game and got on level terms when Joe Thompson converted a close range Rob Hooker try.
Wroe’s men could not build on their leveller, however, as Thornensians hit back to lead at the interval.
After Key was forced off, a converted try saw the visitors regain their seven-point lead.
Hemsworth managed to reduce that lead before the break but only through a Joe Thompson penalty.
Neither side managed to get the upper hand in the second half, with the game being played around the halfway line.
The visitors forced a penalty but could not take their chance in front of the posts.
Mark Mears and Richard Ledsham were introduced for Hemsworth and with ten minutes left Chris Moody produced a moment of magic to feed Matt Hawcroft, who sent a neat grubber kick in for Charlie Briscoe to score.
It got better two minutes later as Ledsham made a magnificent break from halfway to score the decisive try.
Thornensians piled the pressure on the Hemsworth line and got a try deep in stoppage time but it was too little, too late.
Hemsworth: Smith, Briscoe, Lawton, Sykes, Hall, Danny Key, Coates, Hooker, Moody, Joburns, Hawcroft, Thompson, Taylor, Soms, Mears, Simmons, Mears, Ledsham, Jason Key, Cain.