ILKLEY Rugby Club’s 2nd XV marched on to the Aire Wharfe Cup final after taking down a spirited Bramley Phoenix 1st XV at Stacks Field on Tuesday evening.

The hosts ran away with a 22-10 victory, with tries coming from Joe Paton, Steve Castello and Max Jones, whilst they also struck two conversions and a penalty.

A victory means Ilkley have booked their place in the final on the week commencing 2 May- where they will take on Wharfedale Rugby Club’s 3rd XV.

Tuesday's win was made even sweeter after it was confirmed yesterday that Ilkley had been crowned 'Merit Cup' champions.

They were scheduled to face off with local rivals, Wharfedale this Saturday game, but the latter had to pull out of the fixture- signalling Ilkley as the victors of the cup.