Still undefeated

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MOORENDS Thorne Marauders overturned a 14 point margin to maintain their 100 per cent start to the Rugby League Conference season with a narrow 24-22 win at Knottingley.

The Marauders remain the only side in the Yorkshire Premier East to have picked up maximum points following the victory, sealed in the dying moments with Shaun Roberts stroking over a conversion.

Several senior players have elected to sit out the summer season, leaving a mixture of young guns and stalwarts to fly the flag.

And given their start, there is little to fear from the absences.

The clash at Knottingley was played at a terrific pace with both sides displaying great handling skills.

The Marauders opened the scoring after tree minutes when Lewis Downing collected Roberts’ high kick to score in the corner.

Knottingley recovered from the kick off to pin the visitors in their own half and poor defence allowed prop Frank Stubbs to crash over, Mel Jackson converting.

Moorends started to look the more dangerous of the sides and took the lead from a calamitous mistake by one of their own.

Tink Taylor raced 40 metres through the home defence but mistakenly crashed down over the ten metre whitewash he thought was the try line.

But the quick thinking Sam Whitworth took full advantage to collect and score himself.

The game was end to end and it was Knottingley who struck before the break, breaking out from their own ten metre line to score through Tommy Caufield.

The pace of the contest did not drop after the break but it was Knottingley who mastered it.

Bob Russell darted through the defence with a conversion from Jackson who also added the extras to Gordon McKay’s try ten minutes later.

Slipping 14 points behind sparked Moorends into life and Mark Roach ghosted over in the corner in the play from the kick off.

Knottingley looked for the killer punch but their attacking approach proved to be their downfall.

Roach spotted his chance, intercepted a pass and raced 90 metres for a try converted by Rafferty.

Panic overcame Knottingley and the Marauders took advantage to draw level with the ball moved through hands following a Roach run for Whitworth to crash over.

And Whitworth kept his nerve to land the conversion which sealed victory.

Moorends host Scarborough Pirates on Saturday.