CROSFIELDS are fast becoming the kings of late drama.

A week after a golden-point victory over Rochdale Mayfield, a highly entertaining clash with Waterhead Warriors almost went the same way.

However, Brad Stanway kicked a penalty with the last play of the game to secure a 34-33 victory and their place at the top of League C of the National Conference League.

It means a fifth win in succession under coach Dave Boden, who praised his side’s strength of character to grind out a result.

“I warned the lads before kick off to be on their game – Waterhead always make you work for a result.

“This is a tight pitch and small errors can be very costly.

“In a game where our completion rate was poor and error count high, it showed great strength of character to grind out the win. I'm very proud."

Brad Stanway kicks the winning penalty for Crosfields at Waterhead Warriors

Brad Stanway kicks the winning penalty for Crosfields at Waterhead Warriors

There was also late drama at Woolston Rovers, but the Green and Golds were on the wrong end of it.

Visitors Clock Face Miners scored with the last touch of the game to snatch a 30-24 victory at Monk Sports Club.

Adam Files had scored twice, with Craig Middlemore and Dan Griffiths also crossing for Rovers in a to-and-fro encounter but they could not build on their win at Waterhead last time out.

Head coach Mal Holt says Woolston “invited too much pressure” on themselves and as a result, could never gain full control of the match.

“It was disappointing to lose at home but we only have ourselves to blame,” he said.

“We were always in the game but never had any real control over it and unfortunately, they managed to snatch the win with the last touch of the ball.

“We invited too much pressure on ourselves and at times made some poor game management decisions.

“We had some honest words as a group at the end of the game and we regroup and go again.”

Meanwhile, Latchford Albion regained top spot in North West Men’s League Division One with a dramatic win over Ulverston at Victoria Park.

Ben Harper and Alex Davies crossed in the final seven minutes to settle a pulsating encounter, with Martyn Ellis’ side running out 28-20 victors.

Harper’s try was his second of the game, with Matty Rudd and Jamie Birchall also crossing.

In Division Three, Crosfields A were beaten 10-12 by Roose Pioneers at Hood Lane.

No fixtures are taking place this weekend due to the Challenge Cup Final being played on Saturday.