Silsden gets last gasp win against the Buffaloes.
The home started on the back foot giving away two penalties in the first two sets of the game, but the Buffaloes could not capitalise on the field position. The Silsden team hit back with a Try in the fourth minute, capitalising on a mistake and racing 40 metres for an unconverted try, giving them the lead 4-0.
In the 11th minute, the home side was over again, on the back of a repeat set of six, scoring an unconverted try out wide and doubling the lead to 8-0.
In the 19th minute, the Buffaloes Substitute, Garry Butterfield, broke free from the defence and went on a weaving run before feeding the ball to Ben Wilkinson, who was tackled short of the line.
Four minutes later, the Buffaloes opened their account when Loose Forward Andy Boot crashed over the line next to the posts, with Scrum-half, Kieran McFarlane, adding the conversion, narrowing the lead to 8-6.
In the 31st Minute, Andy Boot broke through the tiring defensive line and fed the ball to Prop Billy Butterworth, who beat the defenders for an unconverted try, giving the buffaloes the lead 8-10.
With four minutes to go to the break, McFarlane danced around some sloppy defence and raced 60 metres to score under the black dot, converting his own try to give the Buffaloes the lead 8-16.
Three minutes into the Second half, the home team scored again, off a 70-metre break; the conversion was unsuccessful, making the score 12-16. while the conversion was being lined up, Andy Boot was sent to the sin bin for allegedly speaking out of turn at the referee.
In the 47th minute, the Buffaloes had a try disallowed when Charlie Raistrick thought he’d barged his way over the line, only for the referee to deem that he’d lost the ball over the line.
On 55 minutes, McFarlane was sin-binned for back chatting the referee.
From the resulting penalty, Silsden raced away from the despairing Buffaloes Defenders to score an unconverted try, which levelled the scores at 16 all.
At the hour mark, Butterfield broke the defence again. as he fell to the ground in the tackle, he passed the ball to Michael Wright and dived over in the corner. Lewis Johnson stepped up to take the conversion and sailed between the uprights, giving the Buffaloes the lead again, 16-22.
Five minutes later, the Buffaloes were awarded a penalty in a kickable position and opted for the two points, which Johnson slotted over to give the buffaloes a 16-24 lead.
In the 71st minute, Silden took advantage of a tiring Buffaloes defence and crossed the line out wide for a converted try. narrowing the gap to four points, 20-24.
Three minutes later, the home side was in again, again out wide, but for the first time in the game, the home side found their kicking boots and added the conversion, giving them the lead 26-24.
In the 77th minute, a fight broke out in the tackle, and players came running in from all sides; after the referee had calmed things down, he despatched two players from each team, including Andy Boot and Kieran McFarlane from the Buffaloes.
The remaining few minutes were frantic, with the Buffaloes pressing to find the points to at least level the game. They tried a couple of times to put kicks out to the winger to play on the reduced numbers, but neither came off.
Deep into injury time, Silsden raced away from the defenders and clinched the game with an unconverted try, making the final score 30-24.
The home side was elated with their first win of the season, and the Buffaloes were left cursing lousy luck with injuries.
The second team have a two-week break now until their next game.
Buffaloes: 1) Jonah Stansfield, 2) Jordan Hicken, 3) Liam Barnsley, 4) Bobby Brown, 5) Ben Blanchard, 6) Lewis Johnson, 7) Kieran McFarlane (c), 8) Billy Butterworth, 9) Jack Boot, 10) Paul Moss, 11) Charlie Raistrick, 12) Ben Wilkinson, 13) Andy Boot, Subs (all used); 14) Garry Butterfield, 16) Ryan Jones, 17) Michael Wright.
Tries; Boot A. (23), Butterworth (31), McFarlane (36), Wright (60)
Goals; McFarlane x 2, Johnson x 2
Sin Bin; Boot A., McFarlane
Sent Off; Boot A., McFarlane