Ben Lewis is Telford Hornets’ last-gasp hero
Telford Hornets have booked a shot at silverware following a tense North Midlands Shield Plate semi-final success.
A late penalty from Ben Lewis secured a dramatic 26-25 victory at Woodrush.
Woodrush struck first on four minutes with a penalty with Lewis replying in kind to level.
The first try of the day went the way of the hosts, with the conversion making it 10-3.
Hornets responded on 24 minutes when James Gristock touched down in the right-hand corner.
With their pack starting to gain the upper hand, Hornets nosed in front when Zach Botfield crashed through the hosts’ defence after Hornets had stolen the ball at a lineout.
Lewis added the conversion to make it 10-15, but it was Woodrush who led at the break following a converted try.
Woodrush extended their lead with another try early in the second half.
Hornets closed the gap to two points with an unconverted score from full-back William Brench.
A penalty for the hosts saw then go 25-20 up, but Telford refused to lie down with Lewis landing another three-pointer. And with just two minutes left, Lewis then held his nerve to land the winning penalty.