Rugby League: Toll Bar complete league and cup double

Doncaster Toll Bar
Doncaster Toll Bar

Doncaster Toll Bar lifted the Pennine League’s Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy with a 36-12 win over West Leeds at Batley on May Day.

The Prospect Road club’s win saw them complete a league and cup double after recently celebrating their Division One title triumph.

An early try by centre Wayne Rafferty helped ease Toll Bar nerves, with Tom Holt making it 8-0 with a superb solo try from inside his own half.

West Leeds came more into the game and, after having a try disallowed for obstruction, they managed to score a converted try in the corner.

It remained 8-6 until just before half time when former Dons’ star Craig Lawton showed great footwork to beat his man and produced good pace to finish from 20 metres out .

Phil Harrison added the extras to make it 14-6, only for West Leeds to kick a penalty on the stroke of half time to close the gap to just six points.

Toll Bar drew first blood after the break, Holt going over for a converted try.

West Leeds closed the gap to 20-12 with a try out wide.

They looked all set to score again ten minutes from time until centre Steve Mills made a try-saving tackle and dislodged the ball in the process.

Toll Bar returned to the attack, Kieran Cross going over for a converted try from close range.

The Division One champions showed their class in the closing minutes, adding two further tries by Steve Mills and his brother Karl, who was named man of the match.

“Overall it was a great game and the better team won but West Leeds gave it a real go,” said Toll Bar coach Ian Tattersall.

“Our performance wasn’t great at times. We made errors in bad places on the field which invited pressure and also gave away a few penalties near their line.

“But the players dug in and got the result they deserved. We defended really well again and the tackle by Steve will live long in the memory.

“To have only conceded 28 points in five cup games is a staggering statistic, and based on that alone we deserved to win the trophy.

“I would personally like to thank all the supporters that travelled and made it a special day for the whole club and the players.

“The season has been fantastic and everyone should be really proud and hopefully this is the start of a bright future for the club.”