John Mooney: Myton vs Skirlaugh
An injury time try robbed Skirlaugh of victory against Myton Warriors at Cranbrooke Avenue, plunging them back into the relegation zone in the process. The Villagers had never been behind in a torrid and often bad-tempered encounter but Ryan Adamson's last-gasp effort sealed their fate. A tough opening encounter saw the sides level for half-an-hour until powerful centre Matty Harling went over for the visitors with the extras tagged on by Carl Puckering, who then added a field goal with just a couple of minutes of the half remaining. Mytons responded almost immediately when, after a stroke of good fortune, livewire hooker Liam Ward waltzed through a static Skirlaugh defence to drag his side just a point behind after Ash James added the extras.
Tempers had been fraying on both sides as the half-time whistle approached and continued after the break. An error-strewn period saw the referee have to deal with numerous infringement, one of which resulted in Puckering extending Skirlaugh's lead to 9-6. His side went further ahead with a try under the posts, again converted by Puckering but as the game degenerated into a series of misdemeanours, the Villagers were left to cling on with just eleven men, two having been sent to the sin-bin. Ash James, playing stand-off in place of the injured Nathan Slater, showed a clean pair of heels to the visitors defence for a try which he converted himself and though Skirlaugh's depleted ranks held out heroically they were stunned by Adamson's charge into the corner, brilliantly converted by James for an 18-15 victory.
Skipper John Gay and back-row forward Scott Mountain worked tremendously hard for Skirlaugh while Aaron Pearce and the always elusive Ward starred for the home side, who cemented their place in the play-offs and are just two points behind West Hull, who were beaten 40-16 at Egremont. The pair meet at Cranbrooke Avenue next Saturday.