Hunslet Hawks promoted with dramatic Grand Final triumph

Hunslet celebrate Thomas Coyle's drop goal and promotion. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Hunslet celebrate Thomas Coyle's drop goal and promotion. Picture Bruce Rollinson

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Hunslet Hawks secured an immediate return to the Kingstone Press Championship after a dramatic 17-16 win over Oldham in the Championship One Grand Final.

Thomas Coyle’s drop goal six minutes into golden point extra-time finally saw-off the Roughyeds at Headingley Carnegie after the game ended 16-16 after 80 minutes.

Oldham opened the scoring on five minutes with a self-converted score from stand-off Steven Roper.

Hawks levelled on 22 minutes when Jimmy Watson crossed and David March added the goal.

Oldham regained the lead 10 minutes before the interval thanks to a fine score from Dale Bloomfield but Hawks hit back on the resumption and, six minutes into the second half, James Duckworth crossed in the corner.

Barry Eaton’s men took the lead for the first time eight minutes later when Coyle threw a dummy to touch-down and March added the goal.

But with seven minutes left, Danny Langtree crossed and kept his nerve to level the scores with the extras.

Hawks went close to winning it when Ansell’s drop goal attempt hit the post.

Coyle and Roper missed field goals in sudden-death before man of the match Coyle landed the dramatic winning kick.