Three and easy for 100% Wath

Wath's Joe Bartlett
Wath's Joe Bartlett

Wath upon Dearne RUFC made it three wins from three last weekend with a narrow win over newly-promoted Selby.

A slender 28-27 win was secured in the most dramatic of circumstances, with Selby missing a last-gasp penalty.

Wath enjoyed the early dominance and whilst Wath looked to attack, the Selby defence was penalised on two occasions.

Andy Appleyard duly stepped up and landed two penalty kicks inside the first 25 minutes for a 6-0 lead.

Appleyard added further to his points tally inside the first half.

The visiting defence charged down an attempted clearance kick in the 22, and Appleyard reacted quickest to the loose ball to dot down for 11-0

Selby soon began to find their rhythm, enjoying a dominant spell either side of half time. First they scored out wide to reduce the arrears to 11-5, and a quickly-taken penalty saw them notch another try for 11-10.

Selby then ran in another try under the sticks for a 17-14 lead at half time.

In the second half, Selby were dominating at scrum time and, from a penalty, further extended their lead to 20-14. Wath were failing to stop the Selby onslaught, and the Swans held a commanding 27-14 lead with half an hour remaining as the raced through some sloppy tackling to score.

Wath had to find something to get back into the game, and in true gritty fashion they set about clawing back Selby’s lead.

The senior players in the squad stepped up to the mark, Carl Mortimer and Joe Bartlett in particular leading from the front, followed by the increasingly- impressive youngster Jason Wignell.

Bartlett was the man to kick start the revival, scampering over the line following a period of sustained pressure with Appleyard adding the extras.

As the full time whistle rapidly approached, Wath chased the try that could take them into the lead.

As a series of pick and drives got the Moor Road men close to the line, prop Ben Myers surged forward before slipping the ball to Appleyard.

The stand-off stretched out and scored in the corner.

The kick was needed to take the lead, a tough effort from the touchline.

But Appleyard was not to be deterred, and stepped up with a cool head to nail the conversion and give Wath a 28-27 lead.

The drama wasn’t over yet, though, and with two minutes left on the clock Selby earned a penalty from a fairly kickable position.

The Selby stand-off stepped up but - much to the relief of the visitors - the kick fell short.

Wath held on, didn’t concede any more penalties and breathed a sigh of relief at the final whistle.

It wasn’t a champagne performance, but puts them in good form ahead of Saturday’s home game against Old Brodleians as they look to make it four from four in Yorkshire One.

On Saturday, Wath’s Development XV lost 17-10 to Sheffield Tigers, despite put ting in a superb performance.