Wath surge to top spot

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Wath stormed to the top of the Yorkshire One table with a 49-21 victory over Bridlington on Saturday - but they haven’t even hit peak form yet.

That’s the view of defence coach and scrum half Joe Bartlett, who scored one of Wath’s eight tries as they leapfrogged Doncaster Phoenix at the summit of the league table.

“We got the job done on Saturday, and to score eight tries in a league as tough as this one is always a good thing to see.

“We are improving every week, and our ability to close out a game in particular has impressed me this season.

“But as a coaching team, and as a squad, we still do not feel we are performing at our best.

“We know we can do better and, really, when you think about it, that is an exciting prospect.

“We have lost one league game, but we know that we have better performances in us.”

Wath went top after their win over Bridlington, combined with former leaders Phoenix’s shock 15-13 home defeat to Dinnington.

Wath will hope to fare better than Phoenix this weekend, when they travel to mid-table Dinnington.

Centre Andy Hopkin touched down with two tries, and there were one each for Brett Small, second row Simon Lines and scrum half Bartlett.

Tom Quinn, prop Brendan Angell and inside centre Martyn Bray also went over the line as rampant Wath showed no mercy.

Small was handed the man of the match award for an impressive performance on the wing.

“The next two fixtures are going to be really tough,” Bartlett added.

“Next Saturday we head to Dinnington, who toppled Doncaster Phoenix last week.

“We know the Dinnington pack, in particular, is a real force and we are really going to have our work cut out.

“But we will do everything we can as a squad to get the win and stay top of the league.”

The following weekend, Wath host North Ribblesdale at Moor Road.

Elsewhere last weekend, Wath’s third XV overcame Thorn 21-7 and the fourth XV lost out 36-21 away at Stocksbridge. On Sunday the Under 14s beat Dinnington 26-10.

n Wath report: see page 52.