Wath go second with win at basement club Acklam

Wath centre Andy Hopkin
Wath centre Andy Hopkin

Wath RUFC could go top of the Yorkshire One table on Saturday, after moving second last weekend with victory at bottom club Acklam.

In what was their first away trip of the season, Wath recorded a 41-7 win over Acklam.

The ever-reliable Andy Appleyard got the visitors off the mark, settling the nerves with an early penalty, and the first try of the game came shortly after when skipper Simon Lines scored from a maul.

Ian Barker then followed suit with a well-worked try, finishing off a good backs move by racing over the line under the posts for a 17-0 half-time Wath lead.

Against a spirited opposition, Wath needed to up their game in the second half and they did just that, moving the ball at pace.

One such move saw the ball find its way to centre Andy Hopkin, who broke through one tackle and raced away to score. His fellow centre Steve Mason also etched his name on the scoresheet shortly after, breaking the Acklam defensive line with a strong hand off and out-sprinted the covering defence for a 29-0 lead.

With the bonus point now secured, Wath were told to keep their concentration and Appleyard continued a good day for the club’s backs by going over for a try of his own.

The final try for Wath came from a forward.

Joe Bartlett made the initial break, finding lock Richard Hill in support.

Hill popped the ball to prop Ben Myers, who could not be stopped from close range and Wath’s lead was extended to 41-0.

The final play of the game resulted in a deserved try for Acklam, as the ball was intercepted as Wath looked to run the ball from deep.

The man of the match award went to centre Andy Hopkin for an industrious afternoons work, closely followed by in-form back row Martin Balshaw and lively full back Ian Barker.

Forwards coach Carl Mortimer said: “It was great to travel such a long way and return with maximum points.

“We knew Acklam would put up a strong fight on home turf and this proved to be the case.”

Wath now face Bridlington on Saturday. If leaders Doncaster Phoenix lose at home to Dinnington, Wath could go top with a victory.

Elsewhere last weekend, Wath’s Development XV overcame a strong Dronfield side away from home, winning the game with a penalty try at a scrum in the final play.

The Third XV drew at home to Scunthorpe 21-21. On Sunday the Under 14s made the journey to Old Brodleians, and powered to a 24-10 victory with tries from Ben Hartley, Paddy License, Seth Adams and Alex Anders earning a superb victory.

The club is looking for Under 12 players (school year 7).

Anyone interested should visit the club’s website or contact Becca on 07772870954.