19th September 2017, 14:24 | ncl

Lions pull off 'shock of the season'

Lions pull off 'shock of the season'

NCL round-up

Premier Division

Wigan St Pats staved off relegation in style on Saturday as they demolished local rivals Leigh Miners Rangers 56-12 away from home.

St Pats were at risk of dropping out of the Premier Division ahead of kick off, but ran up a huge score to retain their status against the already-relegated Miners.

Meanwhile, Pilkington Recs put up a fight in losing 30-26 against fifth-placed West Hull, but still suffered relegation by the finest of margins,.

With Skirlaugh losing at Kells, Pilks knew avoiding defeat would have seen them safe, but they agonisingly let a 26-20 lead slip in East Yorkshire with just three minutes left.

Division 1

In the second tier, Featherstone Lions kept their hopes of avoiding the drop alive by producing one of the shocks of the season - a 37-16 win at high-flying Underbank Rangers.

The second-bottom Lions had won just once in their last four matches, while table-topping Underbank had suffered just two defeats all season prior to the weekend.

But the Lions were heroic on their travels as 15 points in the last 13 minutes of the game helped them pull clear.

That shock result allowed Hunslet Club Parkside to take over in top spot as they ran out 46-12 winners at home to Shaw Cross Sharks.

Division 2

Thornhill Trojans claimed automatic promotion thanks to a come-from-behind home win against promotion rivals Wigan St Judes.

Thornhill, who will finish the year in second place, recovered from 16-0 down to secure an impressive 35-16 win against third-placed St Judes.

Saturday also saw Oulton Raiders secure the Division 2 title after winning 48-12 at Askam to fend off the Trojans' title challenge - they finish top by just a point.

Division 3

West Bowling and Stanningley locked horns in a battle of the top two on Saturday, with Stanningley pulling off a notable win away from home.

The Leeds side were 30-16 winners on the road, recovering from a 10-6 half-time deficit to claim the spoils.

But, with one game left, they are unlikely to overtake Bowling at the top thanks to a far inferior points difference.

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