Derby day delight

The packs of Rawmarsh and Rotherham Clifton clash in their hard fought derby contest. Picture: www.rawmarshrufc.co.uk
The packs of Rawmarsh and Rotherham Clifton clash in their hard fought derby contest. Picture: www.rawmarshrufc.co.uk

RAWMARSH earned back to back wins as they edged local rivals Rotherham Clifton 11-10 in a hotly contested derby encounter at Barbers Avenue.

Both teams were clearly primed for the contest but it was Clifton who struck first with a Sam Parker penalty after some good pressure.

Rawmarsh began to take control and took the game to their opponents with Billups and Guilliam making strong runs into Clifton territory.

They eventually scored through a period of intense pressure with Shaun Coulam crashing over in the corner.

Rawmarsh had the strong wind at their backs in the second half and gained territorial advantage only to be thwarted by good defence.

The Warriors’ continued pressure brought two penalties and for a while it looked like the home side would take the game beyond Clifton.

However, from a Rawmarsh penalty on the Clifton five metre line, the ball was given away and an excellent break from Bryan Lewis gave Rotherham an unexpected try, converted by Parker.

The last few minutes were tense with both teams having chance to win the game but the scores remained and the Warriors claimed the spoils.

Rawmarsh travel to Pontefract Pythons on Saturday with Clifton visiting Knaresborough.

Barnsley’s firepower proved too much for Yorkshire Two rivals West Park Leeds as the Shaw Lane outfit ran out 32-10 winners in their latest league match at Bramhope.

Winger Andrew Smith crashed over twice with stand-off Andrew Appleyard, second row Dave Reed and replacement winger Sam Simpson all going over.