CROSFIELDS and Burtonwood Bridge came out on top in Warrington’s two rugby league cup finals at Victoria Park Stadium on Saturday.

Soap defeated Woolston Rovers 28-26 in the Stuart Middleton Foundation Warrington Cup Final, following on from Bridge’s 29-18 success in an Alliance Cup Final which featured four sin-binnings and a red card.

Crosfields survived a magnificent fightback from Woolston to cling on and claim a narrow victory in an entertaining clash.

A 28-10 lead was established by the eventual winners and they managed to hold out in the last five minutes after their National Conference League Division One rivals cut the deficit to two points.

Woolston opened the scoring in the second minute when a kick into the in-goal area by Chris Forster was pounced on by Joe Roper just before the ball went dead.

Fourteen minutes later Crosfields levelled matters when they ran the ball on the last tackle close to the Rovers line and man-of-the-match Ben Steel stretched out to score.

Soap went ahead just after the midway point of the half when Tom Millington crashed over from a Jamie Abram pass, with Brad Stanway converting.

And then just before the half-hour mark Stanway stepped through the Rovers defence on a solo run to add a further six points to Soap’s total.

Right on the stroke of half time Rovers got themselves back into the game when from a scrum 15 metres out Forster broke through a tackle before finding James Tarpey who scored between the posts and Craig Lawton converted.

Two minutes into the second half Lewis Litherland put Luke Walker away and Stanway converted to extend Soap’s lead again.

And five minutes later quick hands along the line saw the ball reach winger Taylor Boyne who squeezed over in the right corner for Crosfields.

Rovers refused to lie down and just before the hour slick handling down the short side created space for Roper to score in the right corner. Lawton converted from the touchline but seven minutes later Stanway landed what proved to be an all-important penalty following a high tackle.

As the game entered the final 10 minutes Rovers stretched play the width of the pitch and winger Alex Pendlebury squeezed over in the left corner.

And then with five minutes remaining an inside ball on the last tackle from Forster found Tarpey who twisted in the tackle to score between the posts. Lawton added the conversion to complete the scoring.

Crosfields: Luke Walker; Taylor Boyne, Nathan Taylor, Corey Lee, Ben Lomax; Ben Steele, Brad Stanway; Tom Brown, Jamie Abram, Tom Millington, Alex Clutterbuck, Dani Garcia O’Brien, Sam Hickey. Subs: Jack Williams, Elliot Liku, Matty Barber, Lewis Litherland.

Rovers: James Tarpey; Joe Roper, Ben Dixon, Kieran Moore, Alex Pendlebury; Chris Forster, Dec Leonard; Harry Files, Ryan Brown, Ryan Hickman, Jackson Phillips, Dan Fearnley, Craig Lawton. Subs: Sean Kelly, Oliver Livett, Patryk Mazur, Lewis Dawson.

Meanwhile, Burtonwood produced a second-half fightback to stun Latchford, who went ahead with tries from Ben Harper and Jack Phillips inside 10 minutes.

Burtonwood had Alex Smith sin binned for dissent shortly before the midway point of the half and Latchford took advantage when Harper crossed for his second try that Phillips converted.

Shortly afterwards Bridge were on the scoreboard with a try from Ryan Dixon, with Ross Young converting.

Albion responded almost immediately with a try from Josh Barnard but seven minutes before the break Steve Owen claimed a try back that Young converted to make the half-time score 18-12.

Nine minutes into the second half Steve Newton crossed to narrow the gap to just two points and then just before the hour mark Tom Robinson put Bridge ahead for the first time.

Latchford had Alex Davies sin binned for a high tackle and Bridge took full advantage as Dixon crossed for his second try as Albion had Jack Foulkes sin binned for dissent.

Burtonwood were in control and a drop goal from Rob Fairclough edged his side two scores clear.

With two minutes remaining Albion’s Matt Ellis was sin binned for dissent and then Foulkes was sent off for punching moments after he had returned from the sin bin.

Right on the full-time whistle Burtonwood added a sixth try when Robinson went over to complete a fine comeback.

Latchford: Louis Norton; Riley Cole, Mike Walker, Josh Barnard, River Cole; Josh Kirkby, Matt Ellis; Jack Foulkes, Jack Phillips, Joe Clark, Declan Rourke, Ben Harper, Alex Davies. Subs: Arron Povell, Logan Lager, Cameron Davies, Robbie Harper.

Burtonwood: Kelvin Duffy; Tom Robinson, Steve Newton, Steve Owen, Ryan Dixon; Rob Fairclough, Ross Young; Alex Smith, Craig Stanton, Jacob Almond, Kyle Crook, Josh Whitham, Jack Fairclough. Subs: Ben Lloyd, Danny Smith, Rikki St Pier, Brandon Williams.