“Don’t get complacent,” Wath boss warns his side

8941- Wath forwards coach Hooker Carl Mortimer against York

8941- Wath forwards coach Hooker Carl Mortimer against York

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Wath RUFC continued their push for promotion from Yorkshire One, with a 19-3 win over league leaders York at Moor Road.

With playing conditions made difficult by the ever-falling rain, Wath displayed their promotion credentials with a solid display against York, who they leapfrog in the table.

Wath are now third, with only Scarborough and Doncaster Phoenix ahead of them in the table.

“We have made a good start to the season,” head coach Richard Hill said.

“To have suffered just one loss in the league is quite pleasing, and the way in which we have won tight games has been great.

“However the performances have not quite been where we want them to be, but we are improving every week.”

Wath travel to league new boys Acklam next weekend looking to consolidate their position, and Hill added: “That game at Acklam will be tough.

“They will be battling hard on their home ground for their first win of the season.

“We have a long journey to get there and must make sure we are not complacent. “It’s games like this that can break a season and put a severe dent in any promotion aspirations.

“The lads are really looking forward to the challenge and will be eager to return to South Yorkshire with a win.

“We are still missing a couple of players through injury but we have already shown how strong a squad we have.

“Our Development XV have started equally as brightly as the 1st XV and we are now able to field four senior teams.

“This is a great achievement for such a small club and I for one am really looking forward to the season ahead at Moor Road.”

Hill has also expressed his delight at the way his new arrivals have settled in, with Martin Balshaw in particular enjoying a good start to his Wath career.

“The new players are fitting in well,” Hill said, “and we have a few youngsters who have come up from the Development XV and have really stepped up to the mark.

“I believe the great team spirit within the squad has played a big part in carrying us through our closest matches.

“We know we have to perform every week in what is a very tough league - any team can beat anyone on any given match day, and there are no certain results.”

n Wath v York report: Page 52.