Ice-cold Greg de­nies Dale at the last

The Rugby Paper - - National League 2 North - By AL­LAN FOSTER

GREG Smith kicked a last­minute penalty to give Fylde an arm wres­tle of a win over a tough Wharfedale out­fit.

The visi­tors had just dra­mat­i­cally lev­elled the game with two min­utes to go through a con­verted try from re­place­ment fron­trower Ben Sowrey but they were de­nied at the death.

In poor weather con­di­tions and con­stant heavy driz­zle, Wharfedale took the lead through a con­verted Rhys Love­grove try only for Fylde to re­ply through Con­nor Wilkin­son af­ter a fine Smith break.

Ben Ver­non was then driven over from a li­ne­out to give Fylde the lead and Smith con­verted for a 14-7 ad­van­tage.

Smith and Jack Blak­eney-Ed­wards traded penal­ties to leave it at 17-10 to Fylde at the break.

Af­ter 35 min­utes of a score­less sec­ond half the game was held up for 15 min­utes when Adam Joyner dis­lo­cated his knee.

On the re­sump­tion of play Wharfedale ham­mered away at the Fylde line and they were re­warded with their equal­is­ing try, which was con­verted by Blak­eney-Ed­wards to level the scores.

In a dra­matic fi­nale Wilkin­son, in his sec­ond crit­i­cal con­tri­bu­tion to the game, forced a turnover to give Smith the chance to win the game with a 40me­tre penalty in the last minute. The fly-half grabbed his chance to make it vic­tory for his side and ex­tend Fylde’s win­ning run to three matches.

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