Blackbrook so close to famous victory

Blackbrook players thank the crowd after their narrow defeat to York City Knights.
Blackbrook players thank the crowd after their narrow defeat to York City Knights.

HEROIC amateur outfit Blackbrook were narrowly edged out of a spot in the fourth round of the Challenge Cup by a last-gasp try from York City Knights.

The Knights were heading for defeat in yesterday’s Sunday third-round tie at Langtree Park when they trailed 24-20 before Tommy Carr scored from the last play of the match to level the scores for a second time and he kicked his fifth goal to snatch a 26-24 victory.

Blackbrook’s exit means that no amateur team will be represented in tomorrow’s fourth-round draw, when the 14 Super League clubs enter the competition.

Leigh Miners Rangers were the only other amateur team to go close to causing a shock when they led Kingstone Press Championship club Barrow 12-6 at half-time thanks to tries from Sean Pendlebury and Scott O’Brien, both converted by Jonathon Youds.

However, the Raiders ran in second-half tries through James Dandy, Sean Casey, Jack Spencer and Daniel Toal to clinch a 28-12 victory and spare their blushes.

Sheffield Eagles, who won the Cup in 1998, were the day’s biggest winners, running in 19 tries in a 112-6 demolition of Leigh East at the Don Valley Stadium.