Wetherby reach 1000 point mark in Hornsea win

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Wetherby rugby club captain James Gibson admitted his side’s comprehensive 90-0 victory over Hornsea was not ideal preparation for their Silver Trophy Semi Final on Saturday.

The win on Saturday against lowly Hornsea means Wetherby have now gone 19 games unbeaten in the league and have scored more than 1000 points whilst conceding just 99.

Mike Hick’s side had little pressure exerted on them by a Hornsea side who travelled with only 14 men and Wetherby were able to chalk up 14 tries with 10 conversions.

Wetherby were also able to hand starts to 17-year-olds Tom Belt and Jack Barnthorp with the latter scoring a try and being awarded the man of the match.

Despite the impressive performance, Gibson is under no doubt that Saturday’s semi final against Old Modernians at home will be a much sterner test.

He said: “Old Modernians are near the top of the table in Yorkshire Three so it’s going to be a tough game at our place but we have been preparing well for it .

“We’ve had a fantastic season and we just need to show up and play how we know we can. It will be a good chance to see where we are in relation to a Yorkshire 3 side.

“The lads are really looking forward to it and getting to a final and pick up a bit more silverwear for the impressive season we have been having would be a nice round off.”

Gibson was impressed with the team’s display on Saturday but picked out the performances of Belt and Barnthorp for special praise.

He said: “We had two youngsters playing on Saturday. Jack played really well and Tom played at nine from the bench and it’s not easy for a young lad bossing people around but both of them played really well.

“It’s was a great scene when he scored his try but there are a few more in the junior teams who could play and they are the first of many.”

“It’s important to have these young players coming through to the first team.

“If you’re not careful you can end up with an ageing team and dropping down through the leagues when they start getting injured and retiring.”