West Wales Raiders picked up their first point of the season in a dramatic 24-all draw with Doncaster at Stebonheath Park on Saturday.
The Raiders had lost all 13 league and cup games they had played in this year and were rank outsiders ahead of kick off, but they stunned their third-placed visitors in the early stages, going 12-0 up after just ten minutes thanks to tries from Callum Merrett and Steve Parry, Will Ramsey converting both scores.
Aaron York struck back for Doncaster with 23 minutes played but the Raiders added to their lead on the stroke of half time, Ramsey converting a second Parry try to hand them an 18-4 half-time lead.
But Doncaster clicked into gear soon after the restart; tries from Jake Sweeting and Danny Bravo – plus two Matty Beharrell goals – took them 20-18 ahead with 47 minutes played.
However, West Wales were undeterred and hit back themselves just three minutes later. Dafydd Phillips was next on the scoresheet, Ramsey with the goal which handed the hosts a 24-20 lead going into the final half an hour of action.
And they were able to hold their lead until the dying stages of the clash as Tom Halliday went over wide out on 79 minutes to break home hearts in dramatic fashion.
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Baharrell was unable to convert and the spoils were ultimately shared.
Elsewhere, Rochdale Hornets chalked up their sixth win of the season with a hard-fought 38-34 win at London Skolars.
The visitors held a 24-14 interval lead thanks to two tries from Paul Brearley, plus efforts from Dan Nixon and Jordan Syme. All four goaled by Reece Dean, who also kicked a second half conversion.
But Skolars kept their opponents at arms’ length thanks to three of Neil Thorman’s six goals in the game and tries from Malikhi Lloyd-Jones and Max Clarke.
A Tom Ashton try was then sandwiched by two further efforts from the home side through Judd Greenhalgh and Tom Firth.
But the difference proved to be a Luke Fowden score on the hour as two late Skolars tries from Lamont Bryan and Lamek Juma were cancelled out by Luke Littlewood in the closing stages. Raiders West Wales Raiders West Wales