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Late Aaron Priestley try levels fiery derby
A heated Pennine League local derby ended all square thanks to a try in the dying minutes by Aaron Priestley for Wyke.
Odsal took an early lead when wingman Andy Gabriel scored from long range for the first of his hat-trick, with Shaun Flynn adding the extras.
The Division One game boiled over in the 15th minute with a player from either side sin-binned and visiting player Josh Tordoff sent off. A long delay followed as the referee attempted to restore order.
Wyke utilised the field position and their extra man well as Andrew Patchett found Warren Pitman with a super ball and he crashed over to level the scores.
Sedge then suffered a further blow when influential hooker Shaquille Jones was dismissed for ten minutes for dissent.
On 35 minutes, and back to their full complement, the hosts struck again to take the lead for the first time. A delightful delayed pass on the try-line saw Pitman cross for his second.
Odsal struck back right before the interval whistle to draw level. Substitute scrum half Ryan Scholes drew the full back before releasing a pass to put Kaine McEwan over the whitewash, making it 12-12.
The second half began with Wyke quickly re-establishing their lead when Paul Farrell crashed over for an unconverted try. But two replies in as many minutes then looked to have swung the game Odsal’s way.
First loose forward McEwan sent a cheeky chip over the defensive line and the bounce nicely favoured the pursuing Gabriel.
Then from the restart Gabriel caught the kick return, passed to the resurgent Ste Barnes, then took the return and somehow broke three defensive tackles to race 80 metres and complete his treble. Flynn converted to make it 24-16 with 20 minutes remaining.
Five minutes later the home team were back in the contest thanks to a touch of class.
Camped on the Odsal line and with nowhere to turn, Pitman somehow supplied a pass out the back door to the supporting Patchett, who dived over to a raucous cry from the boisterous home crowd.
Wyke still found themselves under the cosh against 12 men and when the hosts fumbled a kick on the fifth in front of their own line, Sedge seized on the chance.
The ball was shipped wide from the scrum and powerhouse forward Lee Birkett had far too much room to round the winger and plant the ball down in the corner to see the visitors in front at 28-22.
But with two minutes remaining, Wyke worked a good attacking position into Odsal’s red zone and on the last pass sent a grubber-kick between the posts.
The ball bobbled up off a visitor’s boot and Priestley was on hand to collect the fortuitous bounce and score a converted try to level it at 28-28.
But there was still one final piece of drama to this pulsating local derby. From the resulting kick-off, Sedge gifted the hosts a penalty from the halfway line but although the kick had the length, it drifted agonisingly wide.
Man of the match awards went to Simon Owen of Wyke and Odsal opponent McEwan.