Another Resounding Win
Skipton 38 - 0 Hemsworth
by Simon Smith
Skipton extended their winning run to 10 games on a dead calm afternoon at Sandylands with a convincing six try victory over South Yorkshire rivals Hemsworth.
Skipton took a while to get bedded-in, with an early uncharacteristic knock-on by full-back Matty Langstaff giving Hemsworth the put-in. Skipton wheeled the resulting scrum and gave notice of the forward pressure they were to exert on the visitors. A clearance kick by Hemsworth did not find touch and inter-passing on the return from winger Jack Mcleod to Langstaff and back to McLeod put the winger in for the home side's opening score. Langstaff added the extra points.
From the re-start Hemsworth received a yellow card for a punch by their second row on home side Number 8 Ben Hall and forward pressure from the penalty allowed Langstaff to pin the visitors back on their line with a kick through. Hemsworth countered with a kick down field but from the return McLeod kicked through. The ball was collected by Langstaff who put in a looping cross-field pass to centre Jamie Donnelly who ran in under the posts for Skipton's second try. Langstaff again added the extra points.
The first scrum after the re-start was taken against the head by Skipton who put the ball quickly down the back line. Winger Josh Smith was held up just short of the line and Hemsworth cleared. A period of end to end stuff followed and sweet handling by Donnelly, Langstaff and stand-off Liam Jordan seemed sure to put McLeod over but the last pass was adjudged forward and the sides turned round at 14 nil in the home side's favour.
The second half saw an early try for Skipton scrum-half Stuart Barraclough with a jinking run following a break when a space opened up for him at the line-out. Another scrum taken against the head by Skipton put McLeod away. He brought the ball back in-field and Hemsworth were caught off-side. The resultant penalty gave Skipton a line-out deep in Hemsworth's 22. The ball was spun across the field and quickly re-cycled to put stand-off Jordan in for the home side's fourth try of the afternoon, securing the bonus league point. Langstaff added the extra points and Skipton had established a 26 nil lead.
A stolen ball by centre Jon Currie allowed a kick through by Langstaff which was chased by Smith. Hemsworth's full-back missed the ball and Smith pounced to secure Skipton's fifth try. An altercation following the re-start saw Langstaff red-carded and a Hemsworth player also given his marching orders for joining the affray. With both sides down to 14 men, Skipton regained their composure and replacement stand-off Jake Duxbury put both Smith and replacement winger Hamish Munro away with deftly taken kicks. Smith seemed clear but a foot in touch denied him a further try.
On Skipton's next venture into the visitors' 22 a forward pass denied second-row Luke Stockton a try but expansive open play with inter-passing between forwards and backs gave him a second chance a few minutes later and he went over in the corner. Duxbury added the extra points to seal Skipton's win with a final score of 38 nil.