Handling amiss as Wetherby let Stocksbridge dent promotion drive

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Wetherby’s Yorkshire Four promotion hopes took a hit as high-flying rivals Stocksbridge edged an enthralling encounter 16-10 at Grange Park on Saturday.

The hosts started well when following a  clean line out ball Connor Sheridan rounded the defence on a 40 metre run and, when tackled, George Gilbert was on hand to plunge over.

One minute later, second-placed Stocksbridge levelled. Following sustained attacking, the visitors winger was put in the clear and scored out wide.

The visitors went further ahead five minutes later when two missed tackles allowed them to cross over.

The second period continued much as the first, though Wetherby improved their handling.

The backs broke away and when Andy Trotman was closed down by the Stocksbridge defence.

He then put in an intelligent kick which went behind the defence and allowed Sheridan to score.

But Wetherby’s kicking at goal was off form and with the missed conversions and penalties they failed to pull level.

The visitors, however, kicked two penalty goals to go clear and win.

The defeat left Wetherby fifth in the league at the halfway mark in the season.