Milford Marlins 18 Moorends-Thorne Marauders 44
MARAUDERS gained revenge for a home defeat to the Marlins earlier in the season by running out comfortable winners in a hard fought CNS Yorkshire Two clash.
The visitors took an early lead when Mark Roach launched a massive bomb that Chris Allen took cleanly on the run to cross in the corner for an unconverted try.
Milford then took the game to the visitors and forced themselves over from close range to take the lead with a converted try.
It took a captain’s try to edge Moorends back into the lead when Roach delivered an outrageous dummy before scooting over near the posts, with David Chowings adding the extras.
Moorends were pushing the pass on far too many occasions while on the attack but their defence was holding tight until a lucky kick bounced back into a Marlin’s players hands in an offside position.
The referee failed to pick this up and the try stood with the conversion added to give the home side a 12-10 lead.
After quick team talk by Steve Parkes, the Marauders started to control the ball and make inroads into the Marlins half.
This resulted with the visitors pressurising the home try line and Shaun Carver crashed over in typical style, Chowings converting.
And Carver still had time to race over from 50 metres out for another Chowings converted try to give his side a 22-12 advantage at the break.
Marauders’ most important try came from the re-start as Steve Allen burst the defence and drew the full back before tuning the ball inside for his brother Chris to score.
Moorends, however, relaxed far too early and a clever drop-off saw one of the Marlins’ big forwards crash over for a converted try to reduce the deficit to ten points.
Any thoughts of a comeback for the home side were soon squashed though as Roach crashed over to and Chowings again slotted over the extras to make it 34-18.
Chris Allen then dummied himself over from a scrum and Wayne Rafferty put the seal on the win by powering over from close range.
Marauders, currently fourth in the Yokshire Two standings, are at home to Wakefield City at the Moorends Recreation Ground on Saturday (2.30pm).