THORNENSIANS’ rise up the Yorkshire Three table was halted as they suffered a 20-10 defeat to lower placed Halifax Vandals.
Thorne took an early lead through an Oliver Cox penalty but the Vandals replied with a converted try.
Number eight James Fenwick crashed over with Cox converting to put Thorne ahead but Vandals levelled with a penalty for a 10-10 scoreline at the break.
The second half was one way traffic in terms of points scoring and Halifax picked up the win.
Thorne’s Second XV produced an excellent performance at Coulman Road to see off West Leeds 15-0.
The second string showed real resilience and defended well during periods of pressure.
The highly promising centre Dean Martindale scored an excellent try while Conrad Hanson slotted over a penalty to give Thorne an 8-0 lead at the break.
Thorne showed their true character in the second half, repelling several strong attacks from the Leeds outfit.
And they were rewarded when Danny Humphries made a strong run and received an penalty try following a high tackle, which put the game to bed.
Callum Fenton made his first appearance of the season and he, like Jordan Stocks, made an excellent contribution.
Several student and Moorends-Thorne Marauders players arrived to swell the ranks and ensured substitutions were plentiful.
A combined Thornensians XV will play Barnsley at Coulman Road this Saturday with a 3pm kick off.
The match will be followed by a special event in the clubhouse where the potential Grand Slam and Six Nations championship decider between Ireland and England will be shown.
Food will be available.
n THE Club would like to thank Pete Brown and all involved in putting on a top class evening last Saturday featuring comedy hynotist Paul Hazell.
Around 120 people attended the night which was very well received.
An Irish muic night will be held this Friday to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
The next pre match lunch will be held on March 26 ahead of the visit of local rivals Goole.
To book call Ian Wigham on (01302) 845690.