DEPLETED Wath moved a step closer to promotion to Yorkshire One with a 22-5 win at Moortown.
The Moor Roaders know victory over fellow high-flyers Bradford Salem this weekend will make them favourites for promotion.
Nine changes from the famous win in the RFU Senior Vase due to injuries and unavailability which took its toll on Wath.
But they produced a vital bonus point victory without ever hitting top gear against a tenacious opposition.
Wath opened the scoring early with Joe Bartlett breaking, feeding Joe Earp before a neat pass to young hooker Ethan Dyson who side-stepped a tackle and raced over.
Moortown hit back with a try of their own and also missed two penalties to let Wath off.
Acting skipper Richard Hill led by example and Wath would enjoy a strong afternoon in the scrum.
Back row Steve Wesson was withdrawn with a bang on the head but replacement Matthew Burrows would prove influential in the win.
Wath went close before the break but the scores remained level.
Wath were denied an excellent try with Brett Small chipping over the Moortown defence and winning the race to dot down, only for the officials to rule it out.
It was not long before they did cross the whitewash with Burrows swatting off defenders en route to the score which Anthony Barratt converted.
Strong defending from Moortown denied Wath for long periods but they would remain camped in the hosts’ half for the majority of the game.
Small squeezed over for a great try to secure the bonus point with five minutes to go while Burrows powered through a thundering tackle to grab a late try.
Wath’s U14s beat their Goole counterparts 34-7 with two tries for Charlie Higgins and a fine solo effort from man of the match James Sanderson.