Wath battle to second league win and derby day delight

BATTLING CATLING: Wath hooker Josh Catling tries to make ground at Doncaster Phoenix. Picture: FSP Images
BATTLING CATLING: Wath hooker Josh Catling tries to make ground at Doncaster Phoenix. Picture: FSP Images

WATH made it back to back wins in Yorkshire Two with a hard fought 19-13 derby victory at Doncaster Phoenix.

The hosts opened up an early 6-0 lead despite an impressive passage of play from Wath with props Brendan Angel and Richard Hill defying their size and showing impressive skill to make ground.

Young fly half Ash Rothery was superb in an unfamiliar position while 18-year-old Josh Bird showed superb maturity to control the game.

Phoenix saw a winger sinbinned after a high tackle offence and Wath took control with the advantage.

Rothery made a sublime break from half way before popping up to centre Steve Mason who raced over.

Ben Keen’s conversion ensured the narrowest of leads at the break.

Wath’s control of set pieces continued in the second half and they began to turn the screw.

A series of pick and drives began and skipper Matt Burrows was able to dot the ball down.

Wath were guilty of losing possession at key moments but Phoenix failed to punish.

In fact it was Wath who were next to score, centre Andy Hopkin powering over for the key try after good movement of the ball into midfield.

It was then all hands to the pump for the Wath defence as Phoenix threw everything they had into closing the gap.

Hopkin was sent to the sin bin for a rucking offence and Doncaster used the advantage to go over and narrow the score to 19-13.

Phoenix pushed hard but a brilliant interception from the alert Mason saw him snatch a floating pass and charge into the opposition 22 before hoofing into touch to seal the win.

Wath host Selby on Saturday (3pm).

All five Wath sides who played last weekend earned victories.

The Development XV beat Doncaster Phoenix 69-10, the Third XV saw off Doncaster Dragons 39-34, the Under 14s triumped 41-5 against Barnsley and the Colts returned from Beverley with a 36-22 win.