Yorkshire Four: Wetherby 38-0 Mosborough

Wetherby RUFC (Guy Roberts)
Wetherby RUFC (Guy Roberts)

Wetherby Rugby Club sent a statement of intent to the rest of Yorkshire Three following a 38-0 thrashing of fellow high-fliers Mosborough on Saturday.

The league leaders put in their “most complete performance yet”, according to head coach Mike McHugh to record a fifth successive bonus point win.

And the coach will pray for a similar showing on Saturday when Wetherby go to eighth-placed Wensleydale.

Mosborough had been unbeaten heading into the contest at Grange Park but Wetherby outplayed their promotion rivals from the off.

Conor Sheriden opened the scoring on four minutes with a penalty before the Reds went further ahead when Steve Hoather went over from close range.

Jack Kaye soon pounced for a second try before Myles Oates scored just before the break after supporting a tap penalty by Harry Kaye.

The Reds continued to run in the points in the early part of the second half. Man of the match Will Dutton, who having gone close once would not be denied a second time, took a tap penalty and touched down near the posts.

The home team’s next try was a beauty. Myles Oates went down the left wing with others in support and excellent handling put Barney Roberts in for the bonus point try. Sheriden converted all the tries.

The game changed in the final quarter when the Mosborough pack took control.

The Reds were weakened by three yellow cards for constant infringements and went down to 13 men.

But the 13 defended stoutly to preserve a clean sheet and Wetherby are now the only team in Yorkshire Three with a perfect record and have amassed a points difference of 193.

Club spokesman Mel Jones said: “The victory was as much to do with the defensive work as their ability to score tries.

“The defence coped brilliantly, tackling like demons.”

“Will Dutton was adjudged the man of the match but the award could have gone to any of their forwards.”