Wakefield drop goal hero Lee Smith was overjoyed with the last gasp win at the KC Stadium on Monday as the Wildcats made it three consecutive victories.
With the game deadlocked at 26 apiece, Trinity’s in-form centre was on hand to kick the winning field goal with less than two minutes to go to give Richard Agar’s men a vital win.
The former Leeds Rhinos man was delighted with the late success and says he was always confident the team would achieve the field position to have a shot at the win.
“We like to leave it late, it was a great end to the game and I thought it was a brilliant game to play in.
“There was six minutes to go when I kicked off and Danny Tickle had just missed that goal so we were drawing. I thought if we got into the arm wrestle and got down their end we could kick a drop goal.”
Injuries have kept out regular kicker Paul Sykes in recent weeks meaning Smith has taken on kicking responsibilities, a role he has kept despite the return of Sykes.
After a knock-on from the home side in the dying moments handed the Wildcats six tackles on their opponents’ line the 26-year-old took on the pressure of going for the one pointer.
“They didn’t put that much pressure on me to be fair, it was only the second or third tackle so it was pretty simple enough in front of the sticks.
“I didn’t strike them too well and I wasn’t hitting them properly but as you know Paul was out injured so I took over and I’ve been striking them pretty well so Richard’s stuck with me.”
The win leaves Trinity in touching distance of the playoffs going into the final quarter of the season as the team aim to replicate their heroics of 2012.
The Wildcats centre believes the team just have to deal with games on a weekly basis starting with the crucial match against Widnes on Monday night.
“We just need to take each game as it comes; this is a massive win for us because it’s a difficult place to come so we’re happy with the two points.
“They can score points can Widnes, so we need to back up and play well, luckily we have got seven days now to prep so we will be looking forward to that. We’re playing at home so hopefully we can get another two points.”
You can watch the full interview with Lee Smith on Wildcats TV HERE.
Tickets for the game against Widnes are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting the Wildcats retail outlets at either the Rapid Solicitors Stadium or Ridings Centre Store or alternatively call 01924 201548.
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