St Pat’s 23 St Jude’s 10

St Pat's v St Jude's Photo: Brian King
St Pat's v St Jude's Photo: Brian King

These two rivals belied their indifferent league records in a gripping derby clash, and the final margin hardly did justice to the losers.

The kicking game of stand-off Dave Carney was an asset to St Jude’s throughout. In only the second minute his high kick wrong-footed the home team and right wing Conal Bevan caught it to score.

St Pat’s returned the pressure and in the 10th minute Earl Hurst took a pass from Andy Cunningham and powered over.

Nine minutes later St Pat’s failed to hold another Carney kick, setting up pressure from which Bevan soon crossed in the corner for his second try.

St Pat’s settled down somewhat, and three minutes before the break a smart Joe Prior pass switched direction and brought scorer Brad Hargreaves on to the ball. Cunningham’s conversion levelled the scores at 10-10.

They remained that way for the next half hour as the cut and thrust continued.

St Pat’s broke the deadlock when Dean Hatton stole the ball in a one-on-one situation and Jamie Winstanley-Bristo crashed over for a try.

St Jude’s were still in business and went close to equalising as Conal Bevan narrowly failed to complete his hat-trick when Anthony Atherton’s tackle shook the ball from his grasp over the line. Dean Hatton had earlier narrowly failed with a drop goal attempt but made no mistake with his second, thus ensuring that the visitors would have to score twice.

Deep into injury time Liam Gannon seized a mis-handled ball and sprinted 50 yards down the left wing to score.

Cunningham converted from the touchline and the final whistle followed.

Simon Atherton and Keiran Harrison excelled for St Pat’s, while the visitors’ props Tom Owen and Olly Oladele put in plenty of hard work.

On Saturday St Pat’s visit Castleford Lock Lane.