Wath prepare for leaders with win

Wath try scorer Brett Small.
Wath try scorer Brett Small.

WATH continued their impressive early season form with a comfortable 46-14 victory over Selby to prepare in style for Saturday’s local derby with Yorkshire Two leaders Barnsley.

The bonus point was secured before the break and only when Wath relaxed in the second half did the visitors manage to get on the scoresheet.

Skipper Matt Burrows was a late withdrawal but Wath started well with Richard Hill showing impressive skill in the early stages.

It was Selby who had the better of the attacking play only to come up against a strong Wath defence.

When a Wath clearance was fumbled the hosts received a scrum five metres out with Joe Bartlett breaking blind and allowing winger Brett Small in to score.

Wath began to exert the pressure and when man of the match Andy Hopkin was hit with a high tackle from a Selby back row who was then sinbinned, they used the man advantage to good effect.

Joe Earp forced his way over from a turnover at the scrum and was instrumental in the next score, breaking into the Selby 22, finding Small who released it to Wesson to score.

The final try of the half came after a period of Selby pressure with Wath able to force the turnover and spot space on the blindside with Steve Mason charging to half way and feeding Bray who had the pace to surge clear and go over.

Hill was sinbinned late in the half but Wath were first on the scoresheet after the break when the ball was moved quickly following a turnover and Mason forced his way over with defenders still hanging on to him.

Selby did force their way into the game, their first try coming from a well-executed lineout and a second from a quick tap penalty, catching Wath napping.

The double blow was a wake up call for Wath who responded with two tries of their own.

Hopkin went over from a set move then showed good hands and strength out wide to prove impossible to bring down.

Barratt slotted over a penalty in the last play to give Wath the 46-14 win.

Wath travel to unbeaten local rivals Barnsley on Saturday knowing a good performance will mark them out as serious players in Yorkshire Two.

All three senior teams at the club picked up wins with the Development XV winning 22-6 at Dinnington while the Thirds ended their Dinnington counterpart’s unbeaten start with a 33-22 triumph.