St JOSEPH’S Sharks Under 11 side scored a narrow 20-14 home win over Methley Warriors in their Yorkshire Junior League’s Group Four meeting.
Joes put in a fantastic team performance and they gained an early try when AJ Wallace went over the line, and the goal was added from in front of the posts by Ethan Myers.
Warriors came up with an almost immediate reply to level the scores and the rest of the first half showed how evenly matched the two sides.
Tackles from Danny Fisher, Harvey Jubb and Ike Vangrove kept out the Warriors forwards, while drives from Omar Simpson and Wallace got the Joes going forward and into a good positions.
Just before half-time great runs from Levell Lewis and Kai McDonald led to Ethan Myers to scoring, but the conversion went begging and at the break Joes were 10-6 ahead.
In the second half Methley matched Joes run for run and tackle for tackle and a compelling 10 minute spell saw both sides attack and defend with determination.
Although no points were scored in this period George Wightman’s outstanding defence and Danny Fisher’s tackle to put the Warriors into touch near the line were two of the many reasons why the Sharks did not concede.
Methley did eventually break through to score in the corner but failed the conversion.
This only spurred on the Sharks, with Tony Welsh, Reece Collier and Matthew Dickinson at the heart of the next Joes attack.
A run from Collier made the ground into the opposition’s half, a quick play-the-ball and Dickinson missed out the first player to send a long looping pass to winger Vangrove, who evaded two tackles and showed great strength to force his way over the try line.
Having regained the lead Joes piled on the pressure with drives from Welsh and Omar Simpson.
Harvey Jubb then worked the ball to the left wing where Kai McDonald was at full pace, but his run through two Methley tackles saw him fall just short of the try line, but he managed to stretch out and place just his hand and ball over the line.
Ethan Myers kicked for the goal and there was just time for Methley grab a consolation try just before the referee blew for full-time.
The opposition’s man of the match award went to Jubb, the grafter to Wightman, magic moment to McDonald, most improved player was awarded to Matthew Dickinson and the club’s man of the match was McDonald.