Wath run riot as title nears

Wath prop Steve Clegg produced a highly impressive performance in the mauling of Halifax Vandals.
Wath prop Steve Clegg produced a highly impressive performance in the mauling of Halifax Vandals.

WATH will take a major step towards sealing the Yorkshire Three title on Saturday should they see off fellow promotion chasers Goole.

Victory at the third placed side will put Wath in total command of the division after they moved 24 points clear at the top following a record breaking 98-3 win over Halifax Vandals.

Goole currently hold two games in hand over Wath but are 28 points adrift and defeat on their home soil to the seemingly unstoppable league leaders would all but spell the end for a title race that has long appeared to have only one runner.

Wath continued their dominance setting a new club record by sealing the four try bonus point inside 13 minutes before going on to demolish Halifax with the second highest score of the season.

They shot out of the blocks with centre Steve Mason crashing over for two tries in as many minutes, closely followed by scores for man of the match fly half Joe Bartlett and leading scorer, full back Adam West.

Winger Ashley Rothery made a number of telling breaks and the pack provided the quick ball the backs have come to relish in recent months.

Just before the break hooker Josh Catlin went over after impressive hands throughout the team to leave the half –time score at 43-3.

Halifax deserved a lot of credit for refusing to roll over as they provided a sustained period of pressure on the Wath line.

With players missing, the West Yorkshire outfit could easily have not fulfilled the fixture but showed great heart in battling on.

But the leaders’ scoring prowess shone through with number eight Matthew Burrows grabbing two tries and one each for prop Brendan Angel and stalwart Richard Hill, the latter’s first score of the season.

Hill then off-loaded superbly for Arran Tasker to crash over before winger Brett Small showed his impressive turn of pace to break from half way and touch down.

Centre Andrew Hopkin capped a fine debut for the First XV by finishing off a superb team move while the final try of the afternoon saw West grab his hat –trick.

Rothery kicked nine conversions in the rout which saw Wath’s scoring average move just shy of 50 points per game.

The Development XV carded an impressive 44-13 victory over Heath with back row Tom Swift scoring a particularly eye catching try from long range.

The Third XV beat Stocksbridge 12-5 while Wath Under 13s saw of Doncaster 5-0 and the Colts triumphed 22-7 over their Doncaster counterparts with Luke Stead picking up man of the match and an excellent intercept try.