Wath move further ahead

HOLDING ON: Wath fly half Ashley Rothery attempts to break free from a tackling during the 48-18 win over Old Modernians.
HOLDING ON: Wath fly half Ashley Rothery attempts to break free from a tackling during the 48-18 win over Old Modernians.

WHILE the scoreline may not have been as emphatic as the last time Wath met Old Modernians, the result was the same as the Moor Road side stretched their phenomenal run to 14 wins from 14 games.

Wath were well aware Old Modernians would be keen to avoid a result anything approaching the 100-0 demolition they received at Moor Road earlier in the season.

But while the Leeds club proved a much more tasking opponent, Wath still ran out 48-18 winners to move 19 points clear at the top of Yorkshire Three.

The game started well for Wath with back row Steve Wesson winning a turnover which sparked a maul that steamrollered Modernians for back row Joe Earp to go over.

From the restart some suspect kicking skills were on show but luckily the ball was chipped through for centre Dale Jackson to dive on it over the line.

Wath continued to push on with good hands from full back Joe Thompson as he entered the attacking line playing in Steve Wesson for the third try.

The visitors were keen to seal the bonus point before the break and did so with a brilliant team effort.

They moved the ball quickly through hands to find Ben Keen on the wing to crash over for a half time lead of 29-10.

The second half mirrored the first with Wath pushing on but they had little early joy.

Wath forwards began to wear down the opposition and eventually broke their strong defence with prop Brendan Angell able to stretch over the line.

The final try came after three Wath scrums on the five metre line with Modernians eventually crumbling under the pressure.

Cries for a penalty try were not needed as back row Joe Earp went over.

Wath are back at Moor Road this weekend for the visit of Northallerton.

With both the 2nd and 3rd XV games postponed due to the weather, the only other rugby played saw Wath U13s take on local rivals Barnsley on Sunday

Wath carded a strong 45-0 win with outside centre Rory Anderson grabbing five tries in a blistering performance.