Champs Toll Bar are in a League of their own

Toll Bar ARLFC celebrate winning the league.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Toll Bar ARLFC celebrate winning the league. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Doncaster Toll Bar clinched the Pennine Amateur Rugby League Division One title in champion style with a game to spare.

Ian Tattersall’s side ran in 13 tries as they romped to a 68-12 victory over third-placed Boothtown Terriers.

Doncaster Toll Bar ARLFC celebrate winning the league. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Doncaster Toll Bar ARLFC celebrate winning the league. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Hooker Kieran Cross scored his first-ever hat trick with half-back Tom Brandham and second-rowers Karl Mills and Shaun Roberts all bagging a brace.

Wayne Rafferty, Craig Lawton, Wayne Green and Steve Mills also crossed the line, while Phillip Harrison landed eight conversions.

The victory was Toll Bar’s 14th win out of 15 in the league - and its convincing nature surprised coach Ian Tattersall.

“I expected it to be a tougher game than it was because even though we beat them away earlier in the season, it was quite physical and they made it hard for us,” said Tattersall.

Toll Bar v Boothtown.  Kieran Cross gets his second try. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Toll Bar v Boothtown. Kieran Cross gets his second try. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

“Even though we weren’t at our best in attack, I thought that we were just too good for them on the day.

“We were dominant from the first minute to the last. I think they lost interest in the end.

“The boys have been magnificent this season and to win the title with a game to spare is a great effort.”

Toll Bar raced into an early lead 10-0 lead as they responded to Tattersall’s pre-match tactics.

The visitors hit back and closed the gap to just four points by becomimg the first side to score a try against Toll Bar for three games - before Toll Bar went into cruise control.

“We wanted to build an early platform as we have been doing in recent games,” said Tattersall.

“We were disappointed to concede what was a soft try from our viewpoint.

“It gave them a boost for five to ten minutes, but we got on top again and ended up dominating.”

Bentley Good Companions, meanwhile, ended their Championship One campaign with a high-scoring 36-36 draw against second-placed Brighouse Rangers.

Moorends Thorne Marauders A, whose first team were not in action, received a 30-0 walkover against Division Seven rivals Cowling Harlequins.