Amateur RL: Relegation outcome in hands of points panel

Gareth Croft.

Gareth Croft.

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TWO LEEDS teams will be relegated from National Conference Division One, but the administrators will decide who goes down alongside East Leeds.

Easts and Hunslet Warriors have finished in the relegation places, with Oulton Raiders avoiding the drop by a single point.

But Raiders have been charged with fielding an ineligible player against Milford Marlins last month and a two point deduction – the punishment handed out to other teams for the same offence this year – would send them down and save Warriors.

Warriors gave themselves a lifeline with a 34-12 win at Ince Rose Bridge in their final game.

Luke Rayner, Johnny Dawson, Lee West, Liam Brown, Gareth Croft and Luke Day scored Warriors’ tries, and Darrell Forster kicked five goals. Croft was Warriors’ man of the match and Forster and Dawson were also outstanding, along with Daryl Gaunt and Karl Featherstone.

Warriors also needed relegation rivals East Leeds and Shaw Cross Sharks to lose.

Easts were beaten 28-24 by visitors Thatto Heath, but Danny Flowers’ 78th minute try earned Shaw Cross an 18-18 draw with Normanton Knights and made them safe on points difference.

Easts were relegated on points difference for the second successive year. They gave a good account of themselves against the champions, leading 14-12 early in the second half and pressing strongly for a winning try before time ran out. Try scorers were Declan Tomlinson, Jacob Thompson, Ben Walkin and Tom Sheldrake – who was their best player – and Nathan Conroy kicked four goals.

Dominic Flanagan scored a try and conversion and Adrian Holdsworth also crossed for Oulton in a 46-10 defeat at Underbank Rangers.

Milford finished fifth – equalling their highest placing since being relegated from the top flight in 1990 – after a 44-16 win over relegated Elland.

Sixteen-year-old hooker Josh Payne marked his debut with a try, Ryan Oxtoby crossed and kicked six goals and James Barker, Dave Warren, Matt Brocksom, James Coates, Joe Ramsden and Steve Bacon also touched down.

Milford will visit Featherstone Lions on Saturday for a promotion play-off semi-final.