Brighouse Rangers 26
Boothtown Terriers 18
Boothtown’S promotion dream is just about over after this narrow defeat at top of the table Brighouse.
But there is still plenty to play for with Saturday’s cup date with Halifax Irish followed by two big league games as the club aim to secure a top four finish.
This game was a scrappy affair and the Terriers started the brightest, forcing an early dropout from the home side.
But back to back penalties piggy-backed Brighouse on to the Terriers line and they scored to the right of the posts through Wayne Jowett from a pass by Terry Moon.
On 18 minutes, Terriers prop Craig Broadbent was sin binned and the home side took advantage, scoring a try to the left of the posts through scrum half Jamie Barraclough, converted by Neil Walton, for a 10-0 scoreline.
That kick started the Terriers into gear and quick hands from Graham Charlesworth and Jason Dodd put Luke Charlesworth in at the corner, only for it to be struck off for a forward pass.
The Terriers started the second half superbly, with Broadbent causing havoc with his strong running and offloads.
Graham Charlesworth produced a great long ball to Jason Dodd who showed great strength and awareness, providing a good inside ball to Graham Charlesworth who scored and converted for a 10-6 scoreline.
The Terriers were well and truly back in the game and Dodd picked up a loose ball and showed good pace to race 80 metres, Charlesworth’s conversion putting Boothtown 12-10 ahead.
Brighouse went back in front on 65 minutes when a towering kick was dropped by Ryan Hedges and Barraclough scored under the sticks to lead 16-12.
The Terriers were chasing the game now and the home side scored two quick tries through Reece Spurr and Karl Frankland to lead 26-12.
There was still time for another Terriers try, Dodd showing great strength again before putting the supporting Hedges over, Charlesworth converting for 26-18.