Promotion for Wath

PROMOTED: Wath celebrate their promotion to Yorkshire One with their supporters at West Leeds.
PROMOTED: Wath celebrate their promotion to Yorkshire One with their supporters at West Leeds.

WATH will play at the pinnacle of the Yorkshire League next season after securing a second successive promotion with a 33-17 win at West Leeds.

The Moor Roaders knew they needed two points to be promoted from Yorkshire Two and ran out comfortable winners to cap a remarkable campaign.

Wath dominated the early exchanges but were often caught napping when out of possession and were particularly punished when the impressive Leeds outside centre raced over for a great individual try.

The fight back began immediately with Barratt slotting over a penalty after Leeds were punished for infringements in the ruck.

Overthinking plays ensured a number of opportunities were lost but skipper Matt Burrows was the man to calm things down.

He also grabbed his side’s first try, cutting a great angle to race over.

Open side Steve Wesson was sinbinned for a technical offence and Leeds brought the score to 13-10 from the resulting penalty.

After the break, Wath attempted to cut the mistakes to secure the win.

A powerful maul was sparked early on and lock Simon Lines dotted down as Wath forced their way over the line.

Despite enjoying the majority of territory and poessession in the second half, Wath proved their own undoing.

Prop Dean Hardcastle was yellow carded but Wath again kept the pressure on with the man down.

Barratt slotted a penalty after Joe Earp caused havoc on a mazy run.

Leeds pulled back a well-worked try in the corner but were denied the chance of a memorable comeback when Adam West raced from the opposite touchline to produce a try saving cover tackle after a breakaway from the hosts.

Wath would quickly cement their position when Burrows crashed over for his 22nd try of the season.

The pressure was maintained and Wath would go over again.

Scrum half Bartlett took a penalty quickly with the ball moved down the line to the overlaping Adam West who scored the final try of a brilliant season for his promoted side who celebrated with their large travelling support at the final whistle.