Wakefield City lift Physiowise Cup for first time thanks to victory over Kinsley Raiders

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Wakefield City put their name on the Wakefield ARL Physiowise Cup for the first time thanks to a 22-14 victory over Kinsley Raiders at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Wednesday night.

Almost 500 fans gathered at the home of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats to witness a close-fought final between two evenly-matched teams.

Raiders finished just two points behind City in Pennine League Division 6 this season and each side had enjoyed a victory against the other.

It showed in a tremendous match which eventually saw City see off a brace Raiders effort and secure a league and cup double this season.

City centre Shaun Smith took the man of the match honours thanks to a try in each half, the second killing off the late Kinsley efforts.

Raiders took an early lead, however, when Mark Matthews crossed the whitewash and Matt Stogden added the conversion.

City replied with Smith’s first try but a Stogden penalty edged Kinsley back ahead.

But two tries just before the interval, from Adam Gundhill and Ben Sykes, put City 16-8 ahead at half-time.

That is how the score remained for much of the second half in a tense tussle until Smith settled the issue with his second try. Davis kicked over the conversion.

Kinsley did not throw in the towel and Shaun Lund scored on the hooter, with Stogden kicking his third goal, to give the scoreline a more respectable feel.

It was not enough to thwart City, who celebrated lifting the trophy for the first-ever time.