Boothtown show mettle to make last eight

Emley Moor 18

Boothtown Terriers 26

Terriers progressed to the quarter finals of the Andrew Bennett Trophy for the first time after a superb second half performance.

They came back from 18-10 down with 11 minutes left against a strong Emley side, who could not cope with the Boothtown forwards.

Emley scored two tries in the first 13 minutes but Boothtown responded on 16 minutes when a good ball from Graham Charlesworth found in-form centre Vaughan Walsh, who showed good foot work and strength to go over wide out and reduce the defecit to 10-4.

For the rest of the half Terriers were guilty of over-playing with the ball in hand, often losing it early in the tackle count. Fortunately the defence was outstanding and Emley managed just one more unconverted try on the stroke of half time.

The visitors were transformed in the second half.

On 47 minutes Ryan Hedges produced a superb 40 yard break before off-loading to Charlesworth, who also converted to make it 12-10.

Indiscipline gave the hosts some rare field position for their big prop and player coach Jason Southwell powered over on 59 minutes.

Terriers soaked up pressure before going up the other end. After a Kev Smith break, Ben Mallas put young winger Tom Mitchell over and Terriers were back in it 18-16 with 10 minutes to go.

It was looking bleak when a Liam Walsh kick went straight into touch but he made up for it when he chipped through and Walsh ran through the full back to give Terriers the lead for the first time.

Charlesworth converted and rubbed it in with a try after the fullback dropped the ball following a high kick.