No dealing in half measures

TAKING A PUNT: Scrum half Josh Bird chips a kick forward in Wath's win over Northallerton.
TAKING A PUNT: Scrum half Josh Bird chips a kick forward in Wath's win over Northallerton.

WATH once again proved they will not take their foot off the gas despite their hefty lead as they reached the four try bonus point mark before half-time.

A 15th victory from 15 games was sealed with a 36-3 win over Northallerton at a rain and wind battered Moor Road.

And while by no means glamorous or a rout, it was what Wath required to maintain their 19 point lead at the top of Yorkshire Three.

It showed their capability even in the most harsh of conditions, both in attack and defence where they did not concede a try.

The ability to move the ball at a considerable pace despite the poor conditions meant Northallerton struggled to keep up.

A strong rolling maul helped Wath surge over the line with number eight Matthew Burrows taking the plaudits.

The pressure was maintained and with good communication a second try followed.

Hooker Josh Catlin took the ball out wide before centre Steve Mason drew in a defender on half way and floated a pass to winger Brett Small who had too much pace for the covering defence.

In a mirror image of the previous week, some dodgy footballing skills were displayed by Josh Catling and lock Richard Hill, but Wath reacted quickest with Steve Wesson pouncing on the ball over the line.

Northallerton threw everything at Wath and if not for some extremely strong defending, they would have hit back and deservedly so.

But they were unlucky to see the ball kicked loose following some impressive tackling and the resulting ruck saw scrum half Josh Bird break before perfectly timing a pass to Small who raced over from the 22 to seal the bonus point.

The boggy playing surface plus handling errors from both sides ensured the second half was a less thrilling affair.

However, Wath did eventually go over as Burrows worked his way over from a maul, to make it 15 tries in 15 games for the number 8.

The final try came as a break by Small saw him with one man to beat but he offloaded to the supporting Bird who slid over the line.

Wath are out of action this weekend but return the following weekend with a trip to Hessle.

The Development XV maintained the winning trend to move top of the Merit League Two after coming back from 14-0 down at the break to beat West Leeds 21-17.

The Third XV beat Wortley 33-17 and on Sunday the Colts made it four wins from four by beating Scunthorpe 40-0 after an explosive second half performance.