Wath avoid muddy hell for try heaven

Wath hooker Josh Catlin mounts an attack during the convincing win over Thornensians at Moor Road.
Wath hooker Josh Catlin mounts an attack during the convincing win over Thornensians at Moor Road.

WATH brought in the New Year in the same manner as they saw out the last as they picked up a hard fought victory at a muddy Moor Road.

Having not played rugby for seven weeks there were concerns some rust may have gathered on the side who won 11 from 11.

But any fears were quickly dispersed as Wath ran out 38-0 winners over Thornensians to maintain their 13 point lead at the top of Yorkshire Three.

Players, coaches and supporters arrived early at Moor Road to clear the surface of standing water.

After a lot of work the second team pitch was deemed playable but it was clear the respective kitmen would be in for a torrid time after the game.

A forwards orientated game was on the cards and Wath skipper Simon Lines stole the ball in an early ruck to cement this fact.

But the Wath backs showed the weather would not stop them with the ball shipped out to full back Adam West who charged down the line and coasted through a gap in the Thorne defence to go over.

In a similar move, centre Steve Mason was next on the scoresheet as the ball was moved down the line and he proved too powerful to stop.

As expected given the conditions, the game became scrappy.

However, Wath did what was required, shoving the visitors’ scrum back from five metres for Matthew Burrows to go over.

The half ended with a scare for Wath as Thorne pressed with strong running in the backs only for the full back to run into touch on his way to the line.

It was to prove a regrettable move for Thorne as Wath surged out of sight in the second half.

Flanker Steve Wesson showed his ability of making a nuisance of himself in the rucks, winger Dave Horton impressed with strong runs while prop Dean Hardcastle showcased his incredible work rate.

Fly half Joe Thompson was next on the scoresheet after lock Richard Hill broke a tackle on the 22 and offloaded to him to go over.

With the bonus point secured, Wath could have eased the pressure but in typical fashion this season they refused to let up.

Winger Jason Wong was next over as the Wath scrum again dominated allowing Josh Bird to break blind and play the wide man in to dart across the line.

The final try of the day was a second for West who picked up the ball out wide, dodge several tackles and speed through the score.

Wath travel to Rotherham Phoenix for a derby clash on Saturday.

The U13s side saw three of their number selected for the South Yorkshire squad.

Drew Sawdon, Rory Anderson and James Sanderson all impressed in victories over North and East Yorkshire.