Doncaster Toll Bar book President’s Cup final spot

Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Doncaster Toll Bar booked their place in the Pennine Amateur Rugby League President’s Cup final with a 30-24 win over Morley Borough.

The home side started well despite losing influential second-rower Karl Mills after five minutes with Zac Braham going over from close range from a pass by Shaun Roberts.

Centre Gaz Carey then beat three players to score down the right side with Kieran Cross going over from close range to make it 12-0. Once again the conversion was missed on what was a difficult day for goal-kickers due to a gusty wind.

Morley, the only team to beat Toll Bar this season, got themselves back into the game with a converted try.

Cross completed his brace and Jordan King scored a great individual try from the kick off to give Toll Bar a 24-6 lead but Morley crossed again before the break to make it 24-12.

Aaron Rodwell crossed for Toll Bar in the corner only for Morley to score a try from a mistake at the scrum to cut the deficit to 30-18.

Carey bagged Toll Bar’s seventh try, only one of which was converted, prior to Morley scoring again on the final whistle.

“It was a tough game for us and losing Karl from our right side and then Shaun from the left side dented our shape and structure,” said coach Ian Tattersall.

“We we did some good things in attack but we didn’t deal with kick-offs at all and gifted Morley a lot of territory.

“They were fortunate with a couple of their tries but we kept them at bay and without playing very well we won the match.

“To make back-to-back cup finals is a massive achievement and something the whole club should be proud of. West Bowling will be a tough game in the final.

“But we have a final Championship One game away at Kings Cross Park on Saturday, which we need to win to win the league, so are full attention will be on that.

“It’s a massive week for the club as we are within sight of back-to-back league titles.”