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Martyn Bray celebrates as he touches down a try for Wath-upon-Dearne.  Picture: Liz Mockler S1028LM
Martyn Bray celebrates as he touches down a try for Wath-upon-Dearne. Picture: Liz Mockler S1028LM

Wath upon Dearne exacted the perfect revenge upon Ilkley last weekend, registering a 45-6 win and going second in the Yorkshire One table.

Ilkley did the double over Wath last season, and the men from Moor Road were determined not to let history repeat itself.

There was no need to worry, and Martyn Bray in particular shone as Wath secured a comfortable victory.

The writing was on the wall early on, as Wath took the lead in the game’s opening exchanges when Bray dived over the line.

The momentum continued in Wath’s favour, and prop Simon Butterworth was next to touch down.

The hosts took a 17-0 lead on the half-hour mark, when strong running by Gareth Webb and Martin Balshaw set the platform for Andy Appleyard to land a drop goal.

Ilkley were keen to get on the scoresheet near the end of the first half, and a well struck penalty saw Wath go into the break with a 17-3 lead.

The second half began in a similar fashion to the first and it was the home side soon on the scoresheet again when a long range penalty effort from Appleyard brought the scores to 20-3, cancelled out shortly after by an Ilkley penalty for 20-6.

Bray again was at the heart of Wath’s next try, Steve Mason touching down for 25-6, and Bray got in the action himself shortly after to score his second try to seal a bonus point for Wath.

They say fortune favours the brave, and Wath were certainly getting their fair share of bounces of the ball. Appleyard’s pin-point kick up the field found big winger Tom Swann, who fended off the full back to score in the corner.

The final try, fittingly enough, came for new father, birthday boy and club captain Simon Lines.

The pack set up a maul from a five metre line out and Lines did the rest with a trademark finish.

The Moor Road club enjoyed five wins from five last weekend. The Development XV beat Pontefract 17-7 on the road with two tries for back row Ethan Dyson. The third team overcame a strong Scunthorpe side 15-7, the U16s beat rivals Barnsley 57-7 away from home, with five tries for Alex Baldwin, and the U14s beat Doncaster 29-12 with three tries for Ben Hartley.