The feelgood factor being engendered in our town by the Rams was continued by Thornhill Trojans & Dewsbury Celtic in their National Conference League opening fixtures on Saturday. 

After relegation from the Premier Division in 2019 the Trojans gave notice of their intent in Division One with a 32 – 8 victory over Stanningley – First half tries from Matthew Tebb, Rye Ward & Will Gledhill gave Thornhill a 14 – 4 half time lead before second half scores from Jordan Ward, Liam Morley , Casey Johnson & Sam Ratcliffe saw home fans leave Overthorpe Park with smiles on their faces. Casey Johnson supplemented the tries with two goals.

The margin of victory means Thornhill top the fledgling League table. 
There were similar happy faces in Crow Nest Park as Dewsbury Celtic triumphed 42 – 14 against Barrow Island in Division Two.

The scores were tied at 10 points each after 26 minutes but the green & whites eventually overpowered their visitors to make the post match Irish Nash beer taste even better! Nathan Waring ( there’s a famous Dewsbury name !) scored two tries with others coming from Will Copley, Danny Lee , Danny Thomas, Billy Yarrow, Harry Copley & Ben Heaton who also contributed 5 goals.

Also in Division Two Dewsbury Moor Maroons put in a valiant performance away at Normanton Knights before going down 32 – 24. Moor came back from being 24 – 6 behind at half time to level the scores at 24 points each with 15 minutes remaining before succumbing to two late Knights tries.  Moor tries were scored by Ben Kershaw, Bradley Adams,  Jordan Foster & Tobias Richardson with Brad Foster kicking 4 goals.


Division One of the Conference sees two cracking West Yorkshire Derbies this coming Saturday 14th March. Thornhill Trojans make the short trip to Milford whilst Crow Nest Park will host Dewsbury Celtic v Bradford Dudley Hill. Dewsbury Moor Maroons make the long trip to Barrow Island hoping to emulate Celtics victory over the Islanders.Shaw Cross Sharks return to Division Two action with a trans pennine journey to Waterhead Warriors. 


Victory for Shaw Cross Sharks against Seacroft in the semi final means they will face Fryston Warriors in the final.I will give the date & final venue details as soon as they are allocated.  


In Division Two Thornhill Trojans winter team went down 38 – 4 at Eastmoor Dragons. This coming Saturday 14th March sees Mirfield Stags travel to Upton in Division One whilst Shaw Cross Sharks play host to King Cross Park in Division Two. 


Big well done to Dewsbury Moor under 14s who triumphed 34 – nil on their long trip to Dalton. Moor will now take on Leigh Miners Rangers at home in the second round this coming Sunday 15th March. Also on sunday the Moor under 16s will play their round two tie away at Halton Farnworth Hornets. 


Results from last weekend. 
Under 18s Hull Dockers 15 Shaw Cross Sharks 8

Dewsbury Celtic 34 Normanton 8

Under 16s Shaw Cross Sharks 4 Kippax Welfare 34

Under 15s Hunslet Warriors 16 Shaw Cross Sharks 4

Dewsbury Moor 16 Normanton Knights 12

Under 14s Thornhill Trojans Warriors 4 Birkenshaw Blue Dogs 24

Heworth 8 Shaw Cross Sharks 50

Brotherton Bulldogs 8 Dewsbury Celtic 34
Under 13s

Dewsbury Moor 18 Stanningley 34

Shaw Cross Sharks Blacks 44 Milford 16

Wibsey Warriors 0 Shaw Cross Sharks Reds 24

Under 12s Featherstone Lions 6 Shaw Cross Sharks 4

Thornhill Trojans 18 Leeds Underdogs 26

Just one final thought  – Isn’t it great being a Rams fan right now  !!

This article was written by Rams fan David Hyomes. The views in this article are of the individual and not of Dewsbury Rams.