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Myton Warriors 24 Milford Marlins 20

Myton Warriors collected the Division Two championship trophy after beating nearest challengers Milford Marlins 24-20. It took a try from leading scorer Mike Johnson to finally see off the Marlins' resolve, ironically by the same score Myton had lost at Milford earlier in the season.

"It was a great win for our lads who played with a great determination and spirit but I was disappointed with our ball control in the first half" said coach Kevin Armitstead.

"We showed a lot of composure and in the second half completed a lot better and got stronger as the game went on by being patient.

"It ended the same score as it did at Milford so I am happy we have been able to keep hold of our unbeaten home record and we have got what we deserved by finishing top of the table."

Myton forced a mistake and they capitalised when winger Lee James dived in at the corner.
The lead increased six minutes later with the first of two Kris Walker tries.
It came when prop Lee Fewlass powered through a gap to give a superb one handed offload to the scrum half.

Milford were not going to come and make the numbers up and replied with a try to winger Matt Smith as full back Paul Coates landed a superb touchline goal.

He was also successful when he provided stand off half Ryan Oxtoby with the final pass for a try four minutes later.

Three minutes from half-time Milford extended their lead when a superb kick and chase resulted in winger Michael Rothery collecting the ball to send in second row forward Danny Mitchell.

But penalties either side of half-time reduced the arrears to just two points at 16-14 with 51 minutes gone.

Myton retook the lead on 62 minutes when a superb offload by substitute Dean Booth sent Walker racing in for his second try but James failed to goal.

Booth became the villain of the piece when Matt Smith intercepted his poor pass for his second try before Johnson latched onto a James Overton pass to win the game for his side.

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National Conference League » Division 1

1 Oulton Raiders 6 12
2 Rochdale Mayfield 6 9
3 Normanton Knights 6 8
4 Milford Marlins 6 7
5 Saddleworth Rangers 6 7
6 Myton Warriors 6 6
7 Eccles 6 6
8 York Acorn 6 5
9 Shaw Cross Sharks 6 4
10 Dewsbury Celtic 6 4
11 Ince Rose Bridge 6 4
12 Millom 6 0

Last updated Tuesday 15th April, 14:08