Report and reaction: Bentley Good Companions 24 Doncaster Toll Bar 32

Bentley Good Companions v Doncaster Toll Bar
Bentley Good Companions v Doncaster Toll Bar

Doncaster Toll Bar retained their unbeaten Pennine Amateur Rugby League Championship One record with an impressive 32-24 derby win away to Bentley Good Companions in front of a bumper York Road crowd.

The league leaders, who had several players carrying injuries, raced into an early 12-0 lead following unconverted tries by Jordan King, Gaz Carey and Joel Dilley.

Doncaster Toll Bar v Bentley Good Companions

Doncaster Toll Bar v Bentley Good Companions

The shell-shocked home side hit back with a converted try by Shaun Richards and drew level shortly after with a second converted try.

The visitors regained the initiative shortly before the break with Tom Brandham touching down near enough for Roberts to convert.

Toll Bar were again quick out of the blocks at the start of the second half with Karl Mills crashing over for a fifth try.

Roberts again added the extras in addition to kicking a penalty to leave Andy Whitfield’s men trailing 26-12.

Doncaster Toll Bar v Bentley Good Companions

Doncaster Toll Bar v Bentley Good Companions

Bentley were in no mood to throw in the towel, however, and gave their supporters hope when getting back into contention with a third converted try by Scott Smith.

But they always looked to be fighting a losing battle after Adam Jones touched down for another converted try to make it 32-18.

Bentley battled to the end and cut the deficit with a second try by Richards but Toll Bar held out to claim a deserved victory.

“I was delighted to get the win because it was a tough game as expected,” said Toll Bar coach Ian Tattersall.

“We started really well but credit to Bentley, they pegged us back and had a good spell but we always felt comfortable.

“We stuck to our game-plan, which was pretty conservative on the day as we didn’t want to give Bentley too much ball, but I always felt we could have stepped up a gear in attack if needed.

“Pete Green was awesome for us,” he added.

“He was relentless in attack and defence and produced a really special performance.”

Bentley’s coach Whitfield: “I thought we started slowly, possibly due to the fact that we’d not had a game for three weeks.

“When we eventually had a spell of possession we got into the game and back on level terms but then the penalty count started to go against us.

“Toll Bar are a very good side and giving away penalties like we did they were always going to be hard to beat.

“The lads gave everything they had and it was a great game played in front of a fantastic crowd.

“I think both sets of players can be proud of their efforts and everyone is looking forward to the next game.”

Toll Bar lead the way in Championship One with a perfect record of seven wins out of seven.

The Prospect Road club are level on points with Dewsbury Moor, who have played a game more.

Toll Bar travel to St Josephs on Saturday, while Bentley make the trip to New Earswick All Blacks.

Moorends Thorne Marauders slumped to a 64-6 Division Five defeat away to runaway leaders Ovenden.