Blackbrook 24 Hindley 20

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Brook were given a mighty scare as seventh placed Hindley came within a whisker of claiming a surprise victory at Boardmans Lane.

It all started brightly enough for the home team when, with only five minutes on the clock, Danny Fairhurst put a 40/20 kick into the corner.

Danny Parkes then went close before Fairhurst sent Joe Bate over for the opener.

But, just five minutes later, Brook lost possession in their own half and Hindley took advantage, with Chris Scarborough forcing his way over from close range.

Brook regained a six-point lead straight from the re-start when Sean Richardson timed his run to perfection chasing a high kick.

But the visitors then levelled the score after a succession of penalties gifted them good field position and superb handling gave winger Raith Stringer an opportunity he wasn’t going to pass up.

Six minutes before the interval a penalty for a high shot on Sam Long gave Brook an opportunity and substitute Dave French, on debut, spotted a gap in defensive line to dive over under the sticks.

Long then scored early on in the second half before Hindley hit back with two tries in five minutes. Brook again regained possession from the restart, though, and this time Craig Lyon came in on the angle to take Fairhurst’s pass and crash over for the winning score.