‘Disappointment’ in victory

IT says a lot about Wath-upon-Dearne’s blistering season that scoring just five tries in a victory represents something of a disappointment.

The 31-0 win at York Railway Institute was rather modest by their standards but enough to maintain the 100 per cent record with three games left.

York are the only side this season to deny Wath a bonus point victory but failed to do the same this time around.

Ben Keen opened the scoring after a brilliant interception and breakaway while superb work from Matthew Burrows and Josh Bird allowed Joe Earp to force his way over before the break.

Wath enjoyed more territory in the second half but the York defence continued to hold firm.

Fast passing saw the ball reach Steve Mason who could not be stopped from five metres as Wath broke the deadlock.

Wath were camped in the York 22 and eventually the pressure told once more with Arran Tasker charging down and Earp quickest to pounce on the loose ball to score.

The final try saw influencial lock Richard Hill make a fine break before a perfectly timed pass sent Keen through to score.

Keen added three out of five conversions to his touch down in an impressive performance.

Wath also reached the semi final of the Yorkshire Silver Trophy with victory over Thornensians.

They travel to Bramley Phoenix on Saturday.

* Barnsley continued their push for promotion from Yorkshire Division Two when they notched up their seventh straight win, 25-17 against higher placed Huddersfield YMCA at Shaw Lane.

Rotherham Phoenix went down 21-10 at Bramley Phoenix in Yorkshire Three.