Wetherby bounce back with derby win over Knaresborough

hsb  Pythons v Wetherby.   Wetherby make a break.    (130105M1a)
hsb Pythons v Wetherby. Wetherby make a break. (130105M1a)
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Wetherby emerged winners of Saturday’s Yorkshire Four clash at Grange Park, a typical local derby fought out against rival neighbours Knaresborough.

Both sides needed league points to ease any relegation worries but it was Wetherby who claimed them thanks to a 29-7 victory.

The first 15 minutes were very even with no quarter given or taken as all the action took place between the two packs.

The stalemate was broken after 17 minutes when Knaresborough broke away but Wetherby’s Jack Kaye intercepted and raced over from halfway for a try which Alex Duss converted .

Two minutes later Andy Trotman gave the ball away but Borough knocked on and Trotman recovered the ball and jinked his way over for a converted try.

Knaresborough had worked hard upfront with their short driving game but had nothing to show for it while Wetherby had spoiled their chances with poor handling.

But it wasn’t long after half time when the Reds extend ed their lead with a great try.

This arrived after a move involving several players who showed quick hands and good support which took them to the visitors line.

The ensuing Knaresborough scrum came under great pressure and Nick Oates charged down the clearing kick, retrieved the ball and spun it wide for Trotman to score.

Almost from t he kick off Trotman picked his way through the Knaresborough defence leaving four defenders bemused by his dancing feet and change of pace forhis hat trick try.

Wetherby were now well on top and Will Cayton capitalised on a loose ball which squirted out over the line from a scrimmage which he pounced on to scor.

Knaresborough did get some consolation for their endeavours when their centre ran through the home defence from 40 metres to score a try which was converted.

Up front, Frank Pitchford grafted hard at almost every breakdown and Taff Olte and Liam Hogan defended well.

The Reds move up two places to seventh and will need to be on form for their trip to Mosborough on January 26.

Knaresborough remain bottom.

Harrogate Pythons top the division thanks to Saturday’s 11-5 win at Hornsea.