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Gallant Queensbury stung by trio of late tries
Queensbury 12, Methley Royals 22
Queensbury were unable to halt Methley Royals’ 100 per cent Pennine League start despite a valiant attempt at Hilltop.
The Bradford hosts dug deep and pushed the early Championship Division leaders all the way before eventually losing out in an enthralling encounter.
Queensbury got off to the best possible start when some neat play allowed Tony Clarke to find his way to the line with just seven minutes gone. Ace marksman Scott Swann duly added the extras for a 6-0 lead.
The first half developed into an intriguing arm wrestle, with neither side prepared to give ground.
Eventually it was the Leeds outfit who were next on the scoreboard when, with 22 minutes gone, Alan White dived over, Sam Payne converting to level the scores.
Ten minutes later the visitors struck again when some slick handling saw Chris Woolford crash over.
Tempers boiled over minutes later when a fight broke out and, after the dust had settled, Gareth Chambers of Queensbury and opponent Matty Handforth found themselves sitting in the sin-bin.
The incident seemed to fire Queeny up and, on the stroke of half-time, second-row man Arran Moore barged his way over to touch down.
The second period continued to be a tight affair, with both sides battling for the upper hand.
Queeny utility player Andrew Barraclough proved to be a thorn in the Methley defence’s side with his continuous strong running, while Moore was equally impressive.
But as the game entered the final quarter, Methley showed why they are unbeaten to date and blitzed the home side with three tries in ten minutes.
First Joel Penny crossed, before Woolford dived over for his second of the afternoon, with Payne successfully converting both efforts.
It was then left to Handforth, having returned from the sin-bin, to put the game beyond Queensbury’s reach.
The home side’s man of the match award went to Chambers for his outstanding display.
Despite the defeat, Queeny still find themselves in the mix of half a dozen teams chasing Methley, who remain clear leaders.