Father and son combine to lift gritty Wetherby into top three

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Wetherby RUFC’s father and son combination helped them rise to the Yorkshire Four top three despite a languid showing on Saturday.

Nick Oates’ kick allowed son Myles to open Wetherby’s account in the second-half as the Reds saw off a stubborn Sheffield Oaks side 12-0 at Grange Park.

Wetherby were hoping to bounce back after last week’s loss to leaders Old Otliensians but they were lethargic upfront and disjointed in the backs.

Mistakes crippled Wetherby’s attacks in a scoreless first period as the Oaks forwards had slightly the upper hand in the rucks and mauls starving Wetherby of the ball.

The half-time turnaround provided Wetherby with the wind behind their backs and they had the better territory.

But still mistakes crept in.

It took until the 65th minute for Wetherby to open the scoring .

Nick Oates’ box kick was chased by son Myles and when the Sheffield defender made a hash of fielding the ball Oates minor grabbed the ball and reached over.

Playing with more confidence, the Reds continued to attack. They blew one chance when a two-man overlap was scorned but on the final play, Elliot Griffiths burst through to enable Andy Trotman to score a converted try.

Wetherby are without a league game this weekend.