Underbank Rangers breezed past Wibsey Warriors to earn a 34-10 win, which extends their 100% record to four games in the Pennine League Division II.
Underbank were happy to return home after playing three successive away games and were in buoyant mood after their winning start to the season, but it was clear they had a task on their hands when Wibsey took a surprise 6-0 lead after just one minute.
Bank did not take long to settle into the game and, after a period of good team play, the home side levelled the scores with a Dayle King try in the corner, before Oliver Moorhouse added the extras to make it 6-6.
Tom Stringer scored another for Bank shortly afterwards to put his side 10-6 in-front, but the subsequent conversion attempt was missed in very windy conditions.
Wibsey played some good rugby league throughout the first half and were unfortunate not to draw level, but Tom Stringer kept his side’s noses in front with a brilliant last ditch tackle to prevent an almost certain try for the Warriors.
The tackle sparked life into Rangers, who then extended their lead before half time with a try from Marc Hirst who, using an outstretched arm, just managed to get the ball over the line. Moorhouse was then on target with his conversion to make the half-time score 16-6 in Bank’s favour.
But, Richard Wilde’s men were slow out of the blocks in the second period and Wibsey took full advantage, narrowing the scores to 16-10 after 53 minutes.
Shocked and determined not to throw away a well earned lead, the two Stringers took the game by the scruff of the neck, combining well, before Jamie Stringer touched down to once again lengthen his side’s advantage. The ever reliable Moorhouse obligingly added the extras to make the score 22-10.
On 68 minutes Rangers’ forwards began to control proceedings, capitalising on their opponents weariness, and after drives from Joe Almond and Darren Southwell, Dominic Horn received the ball and quickly pounced over the line to add another try to his side’s tally. The subsequent conversion was made by Moorhouse to take the score to 28-10.
Their was still time for another home score when Hirst intercepted brilliantly and looked set to score another try, but metres out his hamstring snapped and before grinding to a halt he selflessly laid the ball off to a chasing Jamie Stringer, who duly completed the length of field run to cross the white wash. Moorhouse, with the last kick of the game, continued his fine form and sailed the ball through the posts, which made the final score a comfortbale 34-10.
The win keeps Underbank on top of the table, but Wibsey now lie fourth, four points behind Bank with a game in hand.