Skipton 29 : 26 Mosborough
Not one for the faint hearted...............
The most exciting game at Sandylands this season saw Skipton come back from 14 nil down to beat 3rd placed Mosborough 29-26 with a late try from full back Hamish Munro which had the home crowd on their feet yelling with joy.
Blustery conditions greeted the teams but within three minutes of the kick off referee Tom Boyle had issued the first of a series of controversial yellow cards, this one against Skipton second row Luke Stockton for reasons known only to the referee.
Losing their talisman to the sin bin so early in proceedings unsettled the home side but an excellent try saving tackle by centre Matty Langstaff kept Mosborough at bay as the sides sized each other up.
A penalty for off side against Skipton lead to a Mosborough forward drive and they went over for a an early converted try. Minutes later, with Skipton still one man down, Mosborough picked up a spilled ball by the home side and slipped through a tackle to cross for a further converted try. At 14 nil down so early in the game things did not bode well for Skipton.
The home side replied with spirited back line play from Connor Carver, Matty Langstaff and Hamish Munro and only a dropped last pass denied Skipton a score.
A good period of forward play then followed and a well worked move by Skipton from a line out put wing forward Shaun Barraclough over for a try which was sweetly converted by stand-off Jamie Donnelly.
Skipton were taking the rugby to the visitors but against the run of play an unlucky interception gave the Mosborough winger an easy run in for a try to stretch their lead to 19-7.
Skipton then received their second controversial yellow card, this time against Jamie Donnelly, allegedly for a high tackle but which from the touch line looked more like a caress and Donnelly left the field in disbelief as the sides turned round at 7-19.
Skipton coach Mark Walton brought Jon Currie into the back line and Michael Mullins on at stand-off for the second half as the home side set about their task of getting some points on the board.
A jinking run by full-back Munro gave the Skipton forwards good field position and put home crowd favourite Harry MacEneanie over for a try, neatly converted by Mullins to reduce the deficit to 14-19.
A disputed put in at the scrum gave Mosborough a free kick from which they set up a forward drive and crossed for a converted try to extend their lead to 26-14.
Skipton were not to be outdone and fantastic back play from Langstaff put Munro over. The try was not converted but the home side had clawed back five points.
Skipton then received their third yellow card, this time against Langstaff for lifting in the tackle, and the home crowd were hoping that the referee had now used up his deck.
The home side responded with determined forward play which put Sam Garrett over in the corner. The try was not converted and the score stood at 24-26 with the clock ticking like a bomb.
To the relief and joy of the home supporters, full back Munro produced another jinking run, weaving his way through the opposition back line to cross for Skipton's fifth try of the afternoon and secure the game for the home side.