Last-gasp Sykes kick gives Wakefield Wildcats dramatic win over St Helens

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PAUL Sykes kicked a dramatic last-gasp drop goal to give Wakefield Trinity Wildcats a thrilling 33-32 win over St Helens at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

Francis Meli's hat-trick try for St Helens five minutes from time had the scores level before Sykes, on-loan from Bradford Bulls, sent the home fans crazy with a kick that puts Wakefield within a point of the Super League play-offs.

Skipper Danny Kirmond and Lee Smith scored two tries apiece, the latter's second a superb width-of-the-pitch effort, while Andy Raleigh and Kyle Wood also got on the scoresheet as Wildcats made it four wins on the spin for the first time since 2009.

Tony Puletua had put Saints ahead after just 27 seconds and a brace from full-back Paul Wellens added to Meli's treble in a thrilling clash.

But Wildcats, boosted by the half-time news that Paul Aiton had agreed a contract extension until the end of 2015, were well worth the two points and victory gives them a great chance of sneaking into the top-eight with three matches to go this term.

Wildcats: Mathers, Fox, Cowling, Smith, Cockayne, Sykes, Smith, Amor, Ellis, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Kirmond, Washbrook. Subs: Wood, Wilkes, Mariano, Johnson.

St Helens: Wellens, Makinson, Shenton, Jones, Meli, Hohaia, Lomax, Perry, Roby, Laffranchi, Puletua, Flannery, Flanagan. Subs: McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Clough, Dixon, Gaskell.

Referee: Thierry Alibert.

Attendance: 7,876.

See next week's Wakefield Express for full match report, reaction and pictures from today's game.