Wetherby edge past York Railway Institute in blustery clash

Wetherby Rugby Club in action (Guy Roberts)
Wetherby Rugby Club in action (Guy Roberts)

The weather in York proved no problem to Wetherby on Saturday as the Reds continued their unbeaten season with a 18-12 win over York Railway Institute.

In a game dominated by a howling gale, an open expansive game was never in prospect.

York started playing up hill and against the wind, camped in the Wetherby 22 for the first ten minutes.

The Reds defence held out and following a clearance kick they were awarded a penalty which Connor Sheriden scored from. York came back strongly playing a good short passing game and forced their way over from a quick tap penalty after 13 minutes.

Wetherby were unable to take much advantage from the elements or slope, and a series of mistakes and stout RI defence meant the score remained the same until half time.

Wetherby improved in the second-half despite facing the strong wind.

It took them only a minute to gain the lead with a well-worked try and they went further ahead with a pushover try.

The Reds increased the lead on 60 minutes when Myles Oates scampered over following good forward pressure.

However, York were not finished and were rewarded with a late converted try.

This Saturday. the league leaders host Halifax.