Golden point glory for Hunslet
Hunslet gained promotion to the Kingstone Press Championship in the most thrilling fashion with a golden-point extra-time win over Oldham in an epic play-off decider.
The Roughyeds had prevailed by a point in two of their three previous meetings with the Hawks this year but the tables were turned in dramatic fashion at Headingley.
Former Oldham scrum-half Thomas Coyle broke the hearts of his old team-mates, sealing a 17-16 victory for the Yorkshiremen with a drop goal in the fifth minute of extra time after the scores were locked at 16-16 at the end of normal time.
It was familiar heartbreak for Oldham, who have now lost in all seven of their Grand Finals but they played their part in a wonderfully exciting clash.
They went in front after only four minutes when scrum-half Steve Roper, who was in the Rochdale side that beat Oldham 12 months ago, got the long-striding Jon Ford into a gap and finished off the move by taking Josh Crowley\'s pass.
Roper\'s conversion made it 6-0 but Oldham were forced to defend five consecutive sets near their own line and Hunslet had two tries disallowed by video referee Phil Bentham before veteran hooker David March broke through to get full-back Jimmy Watson over.
March added the goal to tie the scores but Oldham went back in front after half-an-hour when Ford re-gathered the ball from Roper\'s high kick and sent winger Dale Bloomfield over for their second try.
Hunslet looked to have gained the ascendancy when they scored two tries in an eight-minute spell early in the second half through Coyle and loan Leeds winger James Duckworth.
March\'s second goal made it 16-10 and Danny Ansell and Richard Moore both failed with drop-goal attempts that would have put their side two scores clear.
That kept the door open for Oldham, who drew level seven minutes from the end of normal time when Roper converted second rower Danny Langtree\'s try.
When Ansell struck the upright with a second drop-goal attempt, the game was forced into extra time and Coyle and Roper were both off target with further one-point efforts but Coyle finally hit the mark.