Invincible Wetherby rugby club clinch Yorkshire Four title

Wetherby rugby club
Wetherby rugby club

Members of Wetherby rugby club finally got to spray the champagne after clinching the Yorkshire Four title.

Four converted tries from Andrew Trotman, Rob Adair, Tom Edwards and Will Jefferson, as well as an early Conor Sheridan penalty, gave the invincible Reds a comprehensive 31-3 win over Leeds Corinthians on Saturday.

The victory gives manager Mike Hicks his first piece of major silverware since joining the club 14 months ago, just one week after his side gained promotion to Yorkshire Three with victory over Sheffield Oaks.

But, with four games remaining in Yorkshire Four and the Silver Trophy semi-final on March 14, there is still plenty to play for.

And Hicks will not be losing focus on trying to complete an unbeaten season in his first full season in charge.

The victory on Saturday was merely the latest in a season of superfluous performances and dominating displays from Wetherby in a season which has seen them drop just one point and Hicks believes his side have the ability to push on even further.

He said: “This is a real testament to how well we have played this season.

“But what we now want to achieve is going unbeaten for the whole of the season and we definitely have the ability to do that.

“From the moment I came here I could see the potential for the club.

“We just missed out on promotion last year so this season everything was geared to reaching Yorkshire Three.

“If we keep the staff and the players involved here then we could get to Yorkshire One quite easily. But we have to take it step by step.

“The talent we have here needs to be playing at a better level.

“We have now got a fabulous club house, we have got the facilities and we have everything required to be playing at a higher level. For now, everything is going really well and it’s up to us how we push on.”

The victory on Saturday marked a fitting way to claim the title against a side who have proved difficult to overcome in recent years and club captain, James Gibson, credits the achievement to the ‘hard work of the players and staff.

He said: “It’s been a great achievement considering the number of points that we have managed to rack up.

“At the start of the season, getting promotion was the first objective but we are also unbeaten and have reached a semi final.

“I don’t think the season has surpassed expectation. We were confident because we had a good team and a good finish to last season.

“Our success has been down to a lot of factors, we had a few faces that came in and they’ve had a big impact on the way we’ve played this season.”