WEST Leeds saw a first-half lead slip away as they fell to a 20-10 defeat to Bromley in the RFU Senior Vase final at Twickenham yesterday.
It was frustrating for West Leeds, who had been hoping for a winning return to the home of English rugby after losing in the Junior Vase final back in 1998.
But Bromley, also back at Twickenham for a second time, had other ideas as they scored 17 unasnwered second half points to take the title.
West Leeds captain Sam Neave said: “We’re obviously bitterly disappointed but fair play to Bromley they were the better side on the day.
“I’m still massively proud of the lads for working so hard to get this far, we’ll keep going and hopefully be better for this experience.”
After Keir Breakwell’s earlier penalty, West Leeds went 10-3 ahead when Danny Booth made a surging break from his own 22 before feeding Joshua Cassell for the first try of the game. Breakwell added the extras.
West Leeds then found themselves in trouble when Damien Pearson was sent to the sin bin before they lost Declan Penny to a shoulder injury.
West Leeds, with full numbers restored, applied pressure but saw a chance to reduce the deficit on 68 minutes go begging as a Breakwell penalty drifted wide and Bromley hung on.
Northallerton also suffered defeat at Twickenham yesterday as they were beaten 23-7 by Surrey side Battersea Ironsides in the Junior Vase final.
Northallerton had parity after 30 minutes thanks to a robust performance, but they continually gave penalty opportunities to Charlie Stuart, who kicked six them to punish the North Yorkshire club.
Northallerton still have the Yorkshire Silver Trophy final to come next week against Hull.