Rugby union: Thornensians reach Yorkshire Silver Trophy final
Thornensians booked their place in the Yorkshire Silver Trophy final with a thrilling 22-21 win over derby rivals Goole at Coulman Road.
Having completed a Yorkshire Two double over the Doncaster side this season Goole started as favourites.
They dominated the first quarter but had to settle for a third-minute penalty – electing to kick for position on two other occasions rather than go for goal again.
It took Thorne until the second quarter to mount an attack of note and it was against the run of play when fly-half Tom Holt sliced through the Goole defence before giving centre Rob Brown the chance to side-step his way over under the post for a 24th minute try converted by the half-back.
Goole reduced the deficit with a second penalty but fell further behind just before the break when Holt carved out the chance for centre Zak Holgate to touch down to make it 12-6.
Thorne, who were down to 14 men at the time, fell behind again in stoppage time when the visitors grabed an injury-time converted try.
Goole opened up a 16-12 lead when kicking a third penalty three minutes after the restart.
It soon became 21-12 following some good work by the Goole backs.
But with skipper James Fenwick leading the way, Thornensians started to get on top again and back-rower Ryan Pilley touched down for a converted try after the home pack had driven their opponents back at a scrum.
Holt again added the extras to leave his side, who had started to dominate the forward exchanges, trailing by just two points.
That’s the way it stood until a couple of minutes from time when Holt converted a penalty from 30 metres out after Goole had seen a second forward sin-binned in the final quarter.
Still the drama hadn’t finished and the visitors would have pipped the home side had a late drop goal attempt from the halfway gone over.