Wetherby 43-5 Baildon: Even Baltic conditions can’t halt Reds winning run

Wetherby saw off Baildon on Saturday for a 41st win on the trot (Photo: Guy Roberts)
Wetherby saw off Baildon on Saturday for a 41st win on the trot (Photo: Guy Roberts)

Wetherby defied the weather Gods to maintain their impeccable record in Yorkshire Division Three with a comfortable victory over relegation threatened Baildon on Saturday.

The match was brought to an early conclusion shortly after the 60th minute, with the Reds 43-5 to the good at Grange Park.

The match was abandoned shortly after the 60th minute due to wet and cold conditions

The match was abandoned shortly after the 60th minute due to wet and cold conditions

Wetherby didn’t take long to get into their groove – which had seen them rack up 40 straight wins prior to the contest – and from the first scrum the backs found Conor Sheridan to finish off a fine move.

Myles Oates soon added a second converted try under the posts before Baildon got their only try of the game through a fine chip over the top by their fly-half.

Ten minutes of physical rugby followed, with Elliot Griffiths falling short of the tryline before Stephen Hoather got over the line but had his try disallowed.

Eventually, the forward domination forced a result and George Gilbert claimed Wetherby’s third score.

Sheridan soon added his second try of the match to secure the bonus point before half-time, and a further score for Jack Kaye put the game to bed with 40 minutes remaining.

The second half was markedly colder but the chilling weather was not enough to stop the powerful Wetherby pack and Gilbert pounced again for his second try.

The score demoralised the visitors, and replacement Liam Hogan added further pain to their cause as he burst through a series of tackles and ran under the posts.

It proved to be the final score as the referee called a halt to proceedings with over 15 minutes left on the clock.

“The opposition asked us if we would be all right to stop,” revealed Wetherby head coach Mike Hicks.

“One man had hypothermia it was that cold. You just don’t normally get those conditions.

“But despite the rain, we played some really amazing rugby. We narrowed the pitch and made simple phases at the right time.

“To score 43 points in those conditions, it really is going some. It’s not the conditions we want to be playing rugby in, but we adapted very well.

“It shows the maturity that’s going through the team and bodes very well for the future.”