Treacher strikes last-gasp winner
BRAD Treacher converted a tricky conversion as unbeaten Grimsby RUFC Under-17s snatched a last-gasp victory in a table-topping showdown against Bakewell.
With seconds remaining, Treacher slotted a kick from the touch-line between the posts as Grimsby clinched a 25-24 triumph and maintained their 100 per cent winning record for the season.
Grimsby opened the scoring at Springfield Road when flanker Sam Fleming set up counterpart Huw Cowper to score, after a quick tap penalty from Treacher.
Bakewell hit back immediately, with a quick-fire try from the restart levelling the score.
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A penalty from Treacher put the young Blues back in front.
And after Bakewell took the lead for the first time through their second try, Fleming capitalised on a loose ball as Grimsby responded.
The Blues led 13-10 as the second half kicked off, and both teams continued to wrestle for the lead.
Bakewell went ahead through a converted try, before a good drive from the Grimsby pack crossed the whitewash.
Bakewell went back in front soon after, following a kick deep into the Grimsby 22. A fortuitous bounce put full-back Rob Bell under pressure and a failed clearance enabled Bakewell to score.
The visitors hung on to their six-point lead until the final minute of the match, when Grimsby made the crucial breakthrough.
The Blues worked the ball through phases and gained good ground through some powerful rucking and driving.
Then Cowper pounced and dived over the line to score.
With Grimsby still one point behind, Treacher slotted home to conversion as the Blues clinched victory.