CLAYTON booked their place in the Jack Senior Memorial Bradford Cup final thanks to a 31-26 win at Odsal Sedbergh.

A hat-trick from hooker Sam Wainwright, a double from centre Ryan Wilkinson and one try from full back Karl Robinson proved just enough to see off a brave effort from Sedge in the semi-final.

Stand-off Luke Barnes added three conversions plus a drop goal for Clayton, who have just completed their season in Pennine League Division One.

Sedge, by contrast, have not been in involved in winter league competition but managed to give their Bradford rivals a run for their money.

Prop Kyle Terry, centres John Adams and Dom Kilburn, second row Dion Groombridge and sub Rob Booth all produced touchdowns with conversions from prop James Sharp.

Clayton will play the winners of the West Bowling A versus Wyke semi-final, which takes place next month.

The last-four clash is scheduled at Bowling on March 16.

Meanwhile, in the Kingstone Press National Conference League Division Three, Drighlington will be aiming to bounce back into Division Two at the first attempt after relegation in 2018.

They start their campaign at fellow relegated side Leigh East on Saturday.

Drig ended last season eight points better off than Leigh, who picked up the wooden spoon, so will be hoping to start 2019 on the front foot with an opening-day victory.

The rest of the NCL starts the season the weekend after, but Bradford Dudley Hill are in friendly action on Saturday when they welcome Farnley Falcons to the Neil Hunt Memorial Ground (2.30pm).