SLAITHWAITE Saracens A finally shook off their New Year’s hangover and last week’s Division V defeat at Guiseley with a tough 14-2 derby victory at Newsome Panthers A.
With several of the visitors carrying knocks and with the the match played in atrocious weather conditions, this was always going to be a massive test for the leaders.
As a result, the first half proved an error-strewn affair, with the only points coming from a solitary Slaithwaite penalty.
But in the second half the Saracens had the wind and slope in their favour and took control, with Jadon Wood putting his side on the front foot.
Although an early Newsome penalty levelled the scores, Slaithwaite scored the opening try when Richard Ellis broke through and off-loaded to winger Scott Colette to cross in the corner.
Then Kyle Dyson raced clear and the ball was worked to James Thorpe to score the first of his two tries to settle the outcome and make it nine wins out of 11 for Slaithwaite.