SEDGLEY Tigers wrapped up their National Two North campaign with a 22-17 home win against Huddersfield to leapfrog their visitors and finish the season in third place.

And while it may not have been one of the top two promotion shots they were hoping for in pre-season last August, assistant coach John Livesey said it is a fantastic achievement given their injury-hit first half of the season.

The Park Lane outfit finished the campaign with a nine-match winning run to climb into the upper reaches with some fine displays once they had their full quota back out of the treatment room and available.

And Livesey believes it bodes well for next season and another crack at promotion to National League One.

He said: “To put together a run of nine wins on the bounce is a fantastic achievement by the players.

“To finish third looking at where we were sitting in mid-season is an incredible turnaround and shows what a good squad we have when everyone is fit and available.”

The final outing against a Huddersfield side level on points but a place better off in the table going into the clash was a real game of two halves.

Tries from Rob Holloway, Matt Riley and Oli Glasse, as well as two conversions and a penalty from Steve Collins gave Sedgley a 22-0 lead at the halfway point.

But as the rain and wind intensified, after an early charge-down try for the visitors straight from the restart, Sedgley needed their defence to stand firm against a big and strong Huddersfield side, and they did just that to see out victory despite a late red card for Mark Goodman with nine minutes remaining.