THORNE led at the break and narrowly missed out on a losing bonus point in a fanastic performance against league leaders Roundhegians at Coulman Road.
The Leeds outfit snatched the bonus point away with the last move of the match as they scored a converted try to earn a 17-6 win.
But Thorne deserve considerable credit for their performance in both attack and defence.
Two Olly Cox penalties gave Thorne a 6-0 lead during the first half.
Full-back Zac Holgate showed excellent timing and powerful running, with centre Luke Marsden and wing Gaz Sutton also producing good attacking skills.
Roundhegians gained a penalty and Thorne showed resolute defence before the visitors went over for an unconverted try just before the referee blew for half-time, having played ten minutes extra.
Aaron Holt at scrum-half showed boundless energy and frequently put the opposition under pressure with his electric runs in defence and attack.
In the second half, Thorne defended admirably, showing why they have the second best defensive record in the Yorkshire Three. Anthony Bull again showed excellent line-out skills and the whole team were highly resilient.
However, again in extended time, the league leaders went over for a converted try in the corner, stemming from their strong mauling which had been the difference between the sides.
Thorne’s Veterans put in an excellent performance to beat local rivals Doncaster 26 – 12 with tries from Craig Neil, Adie Hall and Aden Wanless while Richard Wood put over the kicks.
Thornensians host Rawmarsh in the Yorkshire Silver Trophy on Saturday, with the Merit XV also at home against Goole (2.15 pm kick-offs).
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