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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1 Oulton Raiders 18 34
2 Rochdale Mayfield 18 33
3 Myton Warriors 18 22
4 Ince Rose Bridge 18 20
5 Shaw Cross Sharks 18 19
6 Normanton Knights 18 19
7 York Acorn 18 18
8 Milford Marlins 18 13
9 Eccles 18 12
10 Saddleworth Rangers 18 11
11 Dewsbury Celtic 18 9
12 Millom 18 6

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