IF three straight wins did not mark Wath out as potential Yorkshire Two heavyweights then victory over previously unbeaten perennial promotion contenders Barnsley certainly did.
The bonus point triumph took Wath within two points of the top of the table while the manner of the win suggested they will be a match for any side in the division this term.
Too many penalties were conceded in the early stages and skipper Steve Wesson was sinbinned but Barnsley failed to take advantage with Greg Colbridge slotting over just one of three kicks.
Ben Keen hit back with the boot following a strong Wath attack.
Despite being down to 14 men Wath continued to push forward and were rewarded when Steve Mason raced over from half way following a turnover, Keen converting.
At full compliment, Wath kept their foot on the gas and Joe Bartlett broke blind and held off Barnsley defenders to go over in the corner.
Barnsley defended resolutely for the rest of the half and clawed back points through Colbridge’s second penalty.
Wath wasted no time extending the lead after the break when Anthony Barratt hit the line at pace and floated a long pass to Brett Small who juggled and gained control before surging over, Keen converting.
Hardcastle was sinbinned, putting Wath under pressure as Barnsley looked for a way back in.
They found that when winger Liam Scorah received a pass on the break to score while David Reed added another to raise their hopes of at least a losing bonus point.
But their hopes were dashed in the dying moments when Martin Bray spotting a gap in the line and racing through under the sticks.
Keen maintained his 100 per cent performance with the boot to ensure a 31-16 win for Wath.
Next up for the Moor Road side is the visit of second placed Yanbury on Saturday and the chance to put the pressure on leaders Leodiensian.
Wath as a club completed a three team clean sweep on Barnsley at the weekend.
The Development XV saw off their Barnsley counterparts 26-18 while the Third XV triumphed 37-26.