Wyke first team took pole position in the YML League 2 after a convincing win over fellow unbeaten team, Osset Trinity Tigers.
Wyke first team took pole position in the YML League 2 after a convincing win over fellow unbeaten team, Osset Trinity Tigers. Wyke started the game going up the hill in conditions reminiscent of winter rugby, but still used there full array of skills to race into a 20 point lead. First captain Jordan Payton found James Cullen on the left who ran a perfect line to score out wide, Brad Clarkson tagging on the extras from the touchline. After some great defending by the Wyke pack lead by man of the match Charles Grocock, Wyke extended their lead when Clarkson collected his own kick to score under the sticks, however the burley halfback was not done there on the next set he put a pin point kick to the corner for giant wingman Cameron Foster to collect and score Wykes third. Clarkson tagging on the extras to both try’s. Ossets afternoon got worse when hooker Josh Machin was sent to the bin for dissent allowing Clarkson to add his 4th conversion of the afternoon to leave the score 20-0 at half time. The second half became very scrappy mainly down to the deteriorating conditions but Wykes defence was solid with pack stars Ash Hutchinson and Nathan Marchant keeping the larger Osset pack at bay. After an altercation between the Ossett sideline and the Referee, the Ossett coach was shown a red card by the referee after entering the field of play. However without their coach the Osset team continued to bombarded the Wyke line and after 9 repeat sets they eventually broke through out wide when Josh Machin burrowed his way over in the corner. Ossett again went down to 12 men when Callum Machin was sent to the sin bin, again for dissent. In the dying minutes of the game Osset backrow forward Arron Williams found a gap to narrow the scoreline to 20-10 but it was Wykes day at the final whistle going 2 points clear at the top. Coach Ian Wormald said after the game “today proved to me we have a squad of players that work for each other. It wasn’t pretty but these are the types of games that show a teams true strength of character. I thought the first half we did everything right however the second half wasn’t great as we never got going. Where still very young in certain areas and bigger challenges will come m, but I’m confident these lads can and will embrace them with an attitude and determination that will keep pushing them forward”.