Myton Warriors' fairytale goes all way to Grand Final
MYTON Warriors' play-off fairytale continued as they booked their place in the National Conference Premier League Grand Final with a 23-22 victory over Siddal.
The win capped a truly remarkable play-off campaign for the Warriors, who once again came from behind to produce a superior second-half performance over last season's Grand Finalists at Chevinedge.
Trailing 16-12 at the break in their elimination semi-final, Myton started the second period in an unwavering mood.
Kris Walker's penalty just after the re-start put them with within two points of the home side, before Matty Welham's try gave the visitors a 20-16 lead.
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Having seen the momentum swing in their favour, the Warriors proved to be too strong as their forwards continually got over the top of their opponents.
But in true Myton fashion, the high drama waited until the closing stages.
A Walker penalty and a Jordan Precious drop-goal edged Myton further in front, and meant Siddal had to score twice to save the game.
However, after seeing Oli Marns' try ruled out for a forward pass, it meant Danny Williams' effort in the last minute was nothing more than consolation.
Myton will now meet Wath Brow in the Grand Final next week, much to the delight of an emotional Tony Spence.
"I am struggling to find the appropriate words to describe my team," the Myton coach told the Mail.
"The effort that these guys have shown week after week, after being continually written off, is remarkable and so overwhelming.
"We are proving we are not just a flash in the pan and that we are a real force to reckon with. We are there, we are in the Grand Final and to do it with this group of people is very, very special."
It could have been a different story as Siddal got off to the perfect start when they crossed in the first two minutes. Shaun Garrod sent Mark Boothroyd over, but Gareth Blackburn failed to add the extras.
Siddal's line speed in the opening quarter had Myton pinned in their own half, but their over eagerness soon led to them being penalised twice for offside, giving the Warriors some good field position.
Kris Walker then burrowed in and Ashley James put the Warriors 6-4 in front with his conversion.
That lead was extended when Gavin Drewery supported Welham's 40-yard break to score. James was again successful with the boot.
But it was a short-lived period of dominance, and when Marns and Scott Law crossed in quick succession, it gave the home side a 16-12 half-time advantage.
How Myton reacted in the first 10 minutes of the second half would be crucial and their determined manor shone through.
The Fewless and Dunham brothers, along with captain Steve Atkinson and Ricky Hough, kept Myton on the front foot and repeatedly forced the error in the defence.
Frustration played its part and Siddal gave away far too many penalties for slowing the play-the-ball down.
Walker took advantage with a penalty, before his chip kick was pounced on by Welham, to give them the lead.
Another Walker penalty followed soon after, before Precious' drop-goal secured the win.
Whilst Marns' effort was cancelled out by the touch judge, Williams' try offered some hope, but there wasn't enough time and the home side's season was over as Myton marched into their first Grand Final in their inaugural season in the top flight .