Bulldogs primed for derby day at Sherburn

Sherburn and Wetherby RL
Sherburn and Wetherby RL

wetherby Bulldogs’ seemingly unstoppable march through this year’s Pennine Six campaign continued on Saturday with a 40-6 demolition of hosts Dearne Valley Bulldogs.

Coach Andy Hunter takes his side to local rivals Sherburn Bears tomorrow, for the second meeting this season.

“It should be a good game and Sherburn were winning 18-4 at half-time last time we played them,” he said.

“I think we’ve improved our fitness and handling quite a bit since then, and they’re missing quite a few people so hopefully we’ll have too much for them.

“But you should never count your chickens so we’ll see.”

Hunter will be without the services of Martin Norcliffe, Johnny Wheelhouse and try-machine Mikey Hall tomorrow, although Elliott Thompson is back in the side, having returned in the win over Dearne Valley.

It wasn’t long before Wetherby got their first points on the board courtesy of an Ellis Leach try and Matthew Savage conversion.

The following five minutes saw both sides make errors as they struggled to settle into the pace of the game.

But Wetherby composed themselves and Mikey Hall went into the corner on 11 minutes. as Dearne Valley struggled to get out of their own half.

After a powerful drive from Elliott Thompson saw him held up over the line Wetherby captain Jordan Picker crossed the whitewash for the Bulldogs’ third try of the game.

Tries four and five came in quick succession from Lawrence Bell and Jordan Fiddes, closing the half at 24-0 to the Bulldogs.

The second half failed to match the first early on as both sides had a player sin-binned.

Although the errors came thick and fast, Wetherby were able to cross the line twice more thanks to second tries from Mikey Hall and Ellis Leach before Dearne Valley grabbed a consolation try much to the visitors’ dissapointment.

The final score came courtesy of James Wilkinson’s first try of the season and the game was concluded shortly after.

“We’ve got a young side this year and they work hard for each other,” said Hunter.

“It’s paying dividends.”