Mayfield in final
MAYFIELD secured safety in the highest division of amateur rugby league on Saturday, with a victory over Huddersfield rivals Underbank.
An inconsistent season saw Mayfield needing victory in the final game of the campaign and they got the valuable two points in style, scoring six tries to celebrate the club’s 60th anniversary.
Mayfield legend Pete Strandring played in the very first game in 1958, also against Underbank, and was part of a huge crowd for the special day.
The visitors struck first when Sam Butterworth failed to find touch from a penalty and Underbank used simple passing to find space on the left side of the home defence – a feat that was all too easily repeated a numbers of times during the game.
Mayfield hit back quickly, showing good handling skills in the atrocious weather to give Lewis Butterworth space on the left to drive over the try line – too wide for Lewis Sheridan to convert.
At 4-6 Mayfield settled into the game and 20 minutes in, showing control of the ball not often seen this season, worked their way upfield to gain field position and Jimmy Connaughton smashed through the line for a try, this time converted by Lewis Sheridan, 10-6.
Mayfield continued to push hard with control of the ball and quick play the balls, and the pressure started to tell on Underbank, as they conceded a penalty in kicking range and Lewis Sheridan duly converted for 12-6.
Forwards Callum Marriott and Paul Brearley led the team in attack and defence but Underbank are a tough team to beat, as their fifth place in the league suggest, and they hit back , again through right winger Sam Ansell who was unstoppable all afternoon. He scored the second of his three tries on 25 minutes to level the scores.
Mayfield stuck to the task though and again earned field position with controlled play. Brearley took a good ball on the line on twist over in the tackle for a try under the posts, converted by Lewis Sheridan for 18-12. With the half time whistle looming, Lewis Sheridan extended the lead with another penalty for 20-12.
●●Jimmy Connaughton carries the ball forward for Mayfield against Underbank on Saturday