An App’ for all conditions

Wath v Old Otliensians. Steve Mason looks for a gap. Picture: Neil License

Wath v Old Otliensians. Steve Mason looks for a gap. Picture: Neil License

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Wath climbed back to the top of the Yorkshire One table with a 12-0 win over North Ribblesdale - thanks to four penalties from Andy Appleyard.

In a game played in poor conditions, neither side managed to score a try but Wath still came away with the win, by playing the smarter rugby.

The opening exchanges saw Wath dominate the possession stats, and wing Steve Mason came close to opening the scoring but, in the slippery conditions, the ball was lost.

Wath remained patient and got their reward from a penalty, converted by the ever-reliable Appleyard.

That man Appleyard then doubled Wath’s advantage with another penalty, after good work from Martin Balshaw. Appleyard showed he is only human, however, as another penalty effort sailed wide just before the half-time whistle.

Much of the play in the second half was around the middle of the park, as neither side were able to get to grips with the weather or break through the opposition’s defence.

But with 20 minutes to go Wath began to dominate again, and another penalty stretched their lead to 9-0.

North Ribblesdale missed a penalty of their own, and Appleyard landed his fourth to seal the victory.

It may not have been pretty, but Wath got the job done and returned to the top of the pile.