Thatto Heath Crusaders are NCL champions again after an 18-10 win over Wath Brow Hornets in Featherstone.
After what was a close start in the match, it was Thatto who took the lead just past the 10-minute mark. Jamie Tracey picked up a pass from dummy half Lewis Foster, and crashed over. Lewis Fairhurst scored the conversion to put Thatto up by six.
Just before the break, Thatto doubled their lead. Fairhurst went for a drop-goal, which went wide, but it was chased by Ryan Houghton, who got the ball down. Fairhurst scored the conversion.
Wath Brow needed a response in the second half, and they got it 10 minutes in. Peter Caddy went for it from dummy half from short range and was able to barge over. Cole Walker-Taylor put the conversion wide, meaning they still trailed by eight points.
But with just over 10 minutes left, Thatto scored their third try. Tracey was once again able to use his strength close to the line and barged over. Fairhurst could not convert, meaning their lead stood at two converted tries.
Just a few minutes later, Fairhurst added a penalty after a late hit from Jamie Devine.
But Wath Brow were not done there. Francis King broke up the field, and passed inside to Daniel Burns, who went over under the posts. King then converted to make it an eight-point game.
Wath Brow did try to force the issue, but could not get the score needed to make it a grandstand finish, and Thatto were able to see themselves home comfortably in the end.
Thatto Heath Crusaders: Lewis Fairhurst, Adam Saunders, Josh Crehan, David Pike, Nathan Taylor, Ryan Houghton, Jack Jones, Robbie Ashcroft, Lewis Foster, Adam Hesketh, Matthew Norton, Jamie Tracey, Matthew Kilgallon.
Subs: Sean Kenny, Max Dudley, Jack Cottington, Brad Ashurst.
Head Coach: Mike Woods
Wath Brow Hornets: Cole Walker-Taylor, Peter Caddy, Francis King, Curtis Teare, Sam Curwen, Daniel Burns, Dean Rooney, Conor Molyneux, Ellison Holgate, Callum Farrer, Jamie Devine, Nathan Lucock, Charlie Tomlinson.
Subs: Owen McCartney, Graeme Mattinson, Clark Riley, Greg Dawson.
Head Coach: Ian Rooney