Battle-hardened Wetherby see off Halifax to move up to fourth

Alex Dus
Alex Dus

Wetherby showed off their defensive quality as the Reds put ill-discipline to one side to power past Halifax 23-10 away on Saturday.

Tries from Andy Trotman, Tom Edwards and Myles Oates helped Wetherby move above their rivals into fourth in Yorkshire Four.

Alex Dus slotted over an early penalty after six minutes but the Vandals equalised soon after.

The heavy pitch and strong breeze made scoring tough.

However on 35 minutes, Oates brightened the match into life. His glorious pick up and break put Trotman away and he held off two defenders to score the first-half’s only try.

Five minutes after the restart, Wetherby increased their lead when Edwards pounced on a poor home line-out to cross over.

And a further Dus penalty extended the Reds advantage.  

Wetherby made life difficult as three players were sin-binned in 15 minutes.

But skipper James Gibson led the away defence with some hard tackles and the evergreen Mick Youlden was a constant nuisance.

With their two man advantage. Halifax hammered away at the visitors line and finally crossed over.

Myles Oates then settled the match with the final try, converted brilliantly by Dus from out wide.

Wetherby await Mosborough at Grange Park this Saturday.