SHARLSTON Rovers booked their place in the final of the BARLA National Cup for the first time ever thanks to a thrilling 22-21 victory over holders Queens at Weeland Road on Saturday.
Russian international Sasha Lysokon held his nerve to kick a superb touchline conversion and give Rovers the edge in a thrilling semi-final clash between the Pennine League duo.
The visitors from Leeds came flying out of the traps as they looked to secure a return to Fylde RUFC for the final with a try inside the first few minutes.
Queens edged the first half and took a deserved 14-8 lead into the interval before Sharlston hit back in style on the resumption.
The hosts soon hauled themselves level after the restart but the advantage swung both ways in an enthralling second 40 minutes at a sun-drenched Weeland Road.
Sharlston enjoyed more of the ball but Queens looked more lethal in their attack, taking a 21-16 lead into the closing stages.
Rovers needed a quick response and they got one late on with a try in the corner which was superbly converted by Lysokon to spark wild celebrations amongst the home players and supporters.
And the Weeland Road club played out the final few minutes in a professional manner to book a final date against Fryston Warriors, another side in the final for the first time, at Fylde’s Woodlands Memorial Ground on Saturday, May 28.
See Friday’s Wakefield Express Sport for full match report and pictures.