Upton stay top but Methley narrow gap with victory in top-of-the-table clash

Wakefield City V Kinsley Raiders (in red) RL action at WY Sports and Social club, Sandal. Kicking for goal.
Wakefield City V Kinsley Raiders (in red) RL action at WY Sports and Social club, Sandal. Kicking for goal.
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METHLEY closed the gap on Upton at the weekend with a come-from-behind 16-4 victory against the Pennine League First Division leaders on Saturday.

The Quarry Lane side led 4-0 at half-time but the hosts upped their gear on the restart to inflict just the second league defeat on Upton this season.

The visitors dominated ball possession and territory in the first half but only had one unconverted try to show for their efforts.

Upton turned the ball over five times when attacking, only ten yards from Methley’s line but the scores looked like they were going to be level at the interval.

That was until the visitors were awarded a penalty and Steve Beal eventually capitalised with a try two minutes before the break to give his side a deserved lead.

The second half started as the first had finished with Upton pressing but unable to turn their possession into points.

Winger Karl Lyon thought he had added the visitors’ next try but when he seemingly touched down a Beal kick in the 55th minute but the referee disallowed it, instead opting to award a tap at the 20 metre line to Methley.

And within two tackles the hosts were back level at 4-4 and the game had turned on a single decision.

Upton never recovered and by the 65th minute the game was over as Methley added two more converted tries to make it 16-4.

Although never giving in Upton’s lack of fitness showed as they battled to the end and Methley ran out winners for a good second half.

Steve Beal collected the man of the match award for Upton followed by Ben Spencer and Marcus Simmons.

This weekend Castleford Panthers visit Quarry Lane, kick-off 2pm.

Kinsley Raiders enjoyed a 26-10 victory over West Bowling A in the Pennine League Sixth Division.

Raiders will be out to make it three wins on the spin when they host struggling Kings Cross Park A on Saturday (kick-off 2pm).

Ryhill Hammers bounced back with a 36-22 win over Worth Village at the weekend.

Hammers visit Rodley Rockets on Saturday (kick-off 2pm).

See this week’s Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express for all the latest sports news from around the area.