CESSNOCK hooker Joel Brown kicked a field goal with two minutes remaining to seal a thrilling 15-14 victory over Kurri Kurri in a spirited Newcastle Rugby League coalfields derby at Kurri Kurri sportsground on Saturday.

If you missed the game, watch a replay here.

The Goannas led 14-0 at half-time and had to withstand a courageous comeback from the home side.

The Bulldogs levelled the scores with 10 minutes remain before Brown produced the match winner.

The win moved Cessnock above Kurri into fourth place.

In Sunday’s games, Lakes United host Port Stephens in what shapes as battle to avoid the wooden spoon, South Newcastle are home to unbeaten leaders Macquarie Scorpions and Central tackle Maitland at St John Oval.