Yorkshire Three: Wetherby coach hails ‘amazing’ 40-win milestone

Wetherby RUFC in action (photo: Guy Roberts)
Wetherby RUFC in action (photo: Guy Roberts)

Wetherby reached the 40-win milestone in their incredible run of form following Saturday’s annihilation of Rotherham Phoenix.

A succession of tries on a wet and windy afternoon in South Yorkshire maintained Wetherby’s perfect start to the 2015/16 season in Yorkshire Three.

Wetherby won promotion from Yorkshire Four last season after winning every match (1503144AM5)

Wetherby won promotion from Yorkshire Four last season after winning every match (1503144AM5)

The Reds finished up 83-5 victors over the side currently bottom of the league, with only one point to their name.

Wetherby’s record winning streak began at the end of the 2013/14 season and included the club’s unique achievement of winning every game of a promotion-winning campaign in Yorkshire Four.

Head coach Mike McHugh-Hicks has masterminded the run and admitted he had to pinch himself to realise what the club was achieving.

“It’s amazing me at times,” he said.

“I look back and think ‘how have we achieved that?’.

“It has been a lot of hard work by a lot of great people. It’s just great that we have all come together at the same time.

“It’s something the club is really, really proud of. It is nice to stop and think about how special it is.

“From where we have come from to where we are now, it’s an amazing story .”

Wetherby have two more matches to conquer before they can celebrate their first perfect calendar year, with the first test against lowly Baildon at Grange Park on Saturday.

Baildon shocked out-of-form Harrogate Pythons at the weekend to record only their third win of the season.

However, the West Yorkshire side are yet to win on their travels, and their leaky defence has already conceded 323 points.

Hicks has reminded his squad that despite their record-breaking achievements, nothing is won before Christmas.

The Reds will compete for honours on three fronts in the new year, with challenges to retain the Yorkshire Silver Trophy and the National Vase competition adding to their workload.

Hicks believes the Reds squad is strong enough to cope with those demands, especially with his policy of rotation coming into force against the lower teams in the league.

Chris Atkinson was one player to benefit on Saturday as he scored a birthday try on his first-team debut for the Grange Parkers.

With a number of key players missing against Phoenix, Hicks described his side’s performance in challenging winds as “incredible”.

The coach added: “We have to keep focused and get through to Christmas unbeaten and then kick on again.

“We have a few injuries and a few key players out until the new year but we have been working with that for the last few weeks.

“I have the utmost confidence in the squad of players, especially now we believe we can find a way to win any game.”