Same old story for Wath, despite improved display

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Wath-upon-Dearne bounced back from last week’s disappointing 47-10 defeat to Selby, with an improved display against Old Brodleians.

But the end result was still the same against the Halifax-based side, as Wath slipped to a 18-15 defeat.

Wath, however, felt unlucky to have not edged the game, as Brodleians moved to within two points of them i the Yorkshire One table.

The hosts started brightest and opened the scoring early on; a slick handling display in the backline seeing the winger away and clear.

It did take Wath some find to find their feet, as both sides struggled to adjust to the weather and pitch conditions.

They eventually got off the mark after half an hour, with a penalty from Andy Appleyard.

That score was almost immediately countered when Brods landed a penalty of their own.

Wath began the second half in confident fashion, and Appleyard made a superb break from half way before finding wing Tom Quinn in support.

The youngster had the legs to race away and score, to make the score 10-8.

The purple patch continued and Wath went into the lead shortly afterwards, when a series of powerful pick and drives gave good field position before centre Martyn Bray coasted through a gap and slid over the line for 15-10.

The lead, however, was short lived as the visitors hit back with a try from a five-metre scrum, leaving the scores level with ten minutes to go.

Both sides were now hunting the crucial score, and with three minutes to go Wath conceded a penalty which gave the hosts a slender lead.

However Wath were not about to admit defeat. Deep into injury time the Wath side battered away at the Brods line before, with time gone, Andy Beardshall appeared to have forced his way over.

However, the referee could not see the grounding and the try was not awarded.

“It was a disappointing end to the game,” a Wath spokesperson said, “but the improvement in performance was such, compared to last week, that overall the display was a positive one.

“Special mention must go to Andy Beardshall: having only being playing rugby since the start of the season, the back row player slotted on to the wing for the entire game and was superb throughout.”

Doncaster Phoenix remain third in the Yorkshire One table, four points behind leaders Ilkley.

Phoenix are level on 59 points with second-placed Dinnington, who have a superior points difference.

Five points then seperates five places, from York in fourth to Scarborough in eighth. This weekend, Phoenix face York and Wath entertain Pontefract.