Yorkshire Silver Trophy Final
WATH capped their most successful season in their history by landing a third piece of silverware in front of more than 100 travelling fans.
But they passed with flying colours, even surviving the last nine minutes with two players in the sin bin, to secure the 22-15 win.
As has been the case quite often this year, Wath were slow to start and Guisborough pounced on an early mistake to open the scoring.
This seemed to panic Wath and they were soon 10-0 down with 15 minutes gone as Guisborough converted a penalty.
But they soon settled and their powerful pack saw them go close to the line.
Number eight Matthew Burrows came within inches of a score, but on the second attempt, skipper Simon Lines squeezed over for a fitting try, converted by Ben Keen.
Wath continued to press with the quick ball and made a half break through centre pairing Rothery and Mason with full back Adam West hitting the line at pace.
With no room to work, he chipped over the top and was able to get to the ball first and touch down.
Keen hit a penalty just wide after strong defensive work in the Guisborough half but the wait for the next score was not a long one.
Marshalled by 18-year-old scrum half Josh Bird, the whole side interlinked superbly at pace with the ball spun wide to Martyn Bray who coasted through the gap for a stunning try.
The final few minutes of the half saw Wath defending for their lives against strong running from Guisborough, who would miss a penalty attempt before the whistle to ensure a 19-10 scoreline at the break.
The drama intensified in the second half as neither side could break the other’s line.
A chance went begging for Richard Hill while Ashley Rothery went close after chasing down an awful Martyn Bray drop goal attempt, only to be stopped by the solid Guisborough defence.
The spirits were dampened somewhat when Bartlett was knocked out when he hit the ground hard after an awkward tackle.
He quickly came round but was replaced by Dale Jackson.
Winger Rothery slotted over the resulting penalty ahead of a tense last 20 minutes.
Hooker Catlin and the Guisborough number six were sinbinned following a scuffle before Guisborough’s pack stepped up and showed their strength to drive Wath over the line for a try.
Wath fought back into the opposition 22 but came up against a strong defence.
The pace was intense with winger Brett Small making a number of vital tackles.
It all appeared to be sliding away from Wath in the final stages as Earp and Myers were both sinbinned for technical offences, leaving Guisborough with a two man advantage.
But those nine minutes proved the best of the season as the Wath defence held firm through sheer determination.
With seconds to go, centre Steve Mason put in a stunning tackle on his opposite number and the ball was spilled.
A scrappy scrum was awarded to Guisborough, but Wath’s six men powered them off the ball which was quickly hoofed into touch to seal the win.