Wath RUFC: Back to winning ways after Selby triumph

Matt Burrows scored a try for Wath
Matt Burrows scored a try for Wath

Wath Upon Dearne made it two wins out of three for the season after an impressive 21-7 victory over Selby at Moor Road.

After a disappointing defeat away at Scarborough last week, Wath were looking to bounce back, and faced opposition that had also opened their campaign with a win and a defeat.

The visitors started fairly strongly after two tight games to kick-start their season, although neither side threatened to score in the first half hour of the game.

However, around the 30 minute mark it was Wath who broke the deadlock.

After a decent spell of possession, Wath worked their way inside the Selby 22. With good control and superb interlinking in the pack, it was number eight Matt Burrows who made the decisive move.

After receiving the ball and finding a gap, Burrows was able to go over for the first try of the game, which was then successfully converted by winger Anthony Barratt to give Wath a 7-0 lead.

Selby set about hitting back immediately and earned themselves a penalty. The attempt at goal was off target, however, and it was to be Wath who had the final say on the scoreboard before the break.

The Wath scrum had enjoyed considerable success so far in the match and as the half drew to a close they really made their mark. Five metres out from the line the front row of Myers, Stirling and McCarthy powered forward and Burrows showed skill to control the ball and dot down over the line.

At the begining of the second half it was Selby who dominated for a significant spell, and the pressure would eventually tell thanks to a well-worked move as the backs created space for Selby to race away and score.

The remainder of the match saw Selby attempting to push on and pressure Wath to level the score, but the defence held them out on numerous occasions.

Indeed with the final play of the game, it was Wath who had the final say on the break.

With a lineout five metres out, everyone was ready for a Simon Lines attempted drop-goal to seal the game for the home side.

However much to the delight of many, Joe Bartlett spun the ball wide and some slick handling in the backs saw stand off Adam West coast through a gap out wide and dive over the line to put the game to bed for Wath.

Barratt made it 100 per cent with the conversion to deny the visitors a losing bonus point and leave the final score at 21-7, as Wath recovered from last weekend’s thrashing at Scarborough.

Wath will be looking to kick on and continue their decent start with another home game next week when they welcome Heath to Moor Road, who have won one of their first three games so far this season.

The result leaves Wath in fifth place with Selby in 11th in the early standings.