Sunday 22nd January Wetherby under 10’s away at York in a 3 way friendly contest made up with a new challenge, Doncaster.
The sun shone in a clear blue sky and the wind blew hard.
An impressive 20+ York squad looked formidable opponents for our 25 strong players.
Game 1. York (1) vs Wetherby(1)
A flying star form Wetherby had York pinned in their own half and with just 2 minutes on the clock Cameron Briggs stormed over to breach the York try line, the next try followed from John Hughes whose work rate was phenomenal. Then from half way George Southby made a blazing run to score again, by now the York fans were quiet. Just before half time John Hughes broke through for his second.
The second half began with more of the same. Despite a very well drilled and disciplined defence, York ad no answer to this passionate Wetherby side. You could sense that Wetherby had come here to win.
York however were not lying down nor accepting defeat and they made some spirited attacks but the Wetherby defence notoriously strong was having none of it. Then George Southby at scrum half showed a moment of brilliance beating 3 chasers and scored his second of the day. It was George again who made a superb break only to be tackled just short of the line. Wetherby recycled the ball and after one more phase George picked and drove over for his hat trick.
A very impressive team performance. 0 – 6 Wetherby.
Game 2. Doncaster vs Wetherby(1).
Doncaster had already beaten the York(2) team and looked ready for the task ahead , they were a big side with some good talent. Their defence was very strong and it seemed an age before the Wetherby pressure finally told, as John Hughes smashed his way over the line to open the score. Minutes later it was John Hughes again who broke a tackle and stormed the length of the field for his second. Half time gave the boys a well earned rest. The second half was tight, neither side giving way, then from a rolling maul John Hughes secured his well deserved hat trick as he breached the Doncaster line once more.
Doncaster hadn’t given up and made a break, almost the length of the field , to be dashed with a fantastic try saving tackle by James Clark. Final score 0 – 3. A very credible Doncaster performance.
Game 3. York(1) vs Wetherby(2)
The question here was, could this Wetherby side do a similar demolition job as the team in the first game. On paper they were very equal sides, so maybe they would.
From the tap off, Henry Pritchard ran through to score with 10 seconds on the clock. Next it was Freddy Roberts driving over in the corner, then Henry Pritchard again. We were only 5 minutes into the match, by now the York defence just could not contain this rampaging Wetherby team. A series of flowing passes right down the line saw Oliver Hills on the wing go in at the corner. Then Henry Pritchard sealed his hat trick, third one of the day. Half time came and we wondered what the final score might be, but York defended brilliantly in the second half, and made some penetrating runs , thwarted by the awesome Wetherby defence. The only try in a frantic second half came from Henry Pritchard at scrum half.
0 – 7 an outstanding all round performance.
Game 4. York(2) vs Wetherby(2)
By now a very confident Wetherby(2) team were out to make it count. Some great rugby from all the boys, 2 tries from Henry Pritchard , 1 Oliver Newsome , 2 from Henry Ackland who as always had worked his socks off all morning and 1 from Edward Westmoreland. Now it was half time. More punishment in the second half with 1 try from Henry Ackland, 2 from Adam Dobbie , 1 Lachlan Moon. 0 – 10
An outstanding performance, the coaches and parents should be very proud of theirs and their children’s efforts today and not to mention ability.
Both York and Doncaster were very good sides with good skill level in both handling and defence.
However in the 3 games against York a very impressive 23 tries to the Wetherby teams without reply.
York 0 – 23
Doncaster 0 – 3