THORNENSIANS turned in possibly their best league performance of the season to record a 16-6 home win over high-flying Baildon in Yorkshire Division Three.
The hosts scored the only try of the match but could easily have notched two more in an excellent attacking performance with the back row partnership of Ryan Pilley and brothers Robert and Martin Moffatt outstanding.
Thorne, soundly beaten 33-0 when the teams met at Baildon last December, edged in front with an opening penalty goal by stand-off Olly Cox.
But the impressive Baildon goal kicker levelled the score with a penalty from wide out on the wing.
Cox put home side further ahead but again the visitors, with the wind in their favour, equalised with a long distance kick.
Thorne had several good attacks without being able to force their way over and the second half started with another penalty goal from Cox.
Some slick handling resulted in the only try of the match as skipper and hooker Scott Berry ploughed over the Baildon line and Cox added the conversion.
There was no further scoring in the last 15 minutes despite attacks from both sides but with Thorne holding the upper hand.
The match doubled as the Brian Hawkins Memorial Trophy.
Hawkins was a player and administrator for both clubs before his death in 2001.