Skipton 90 Hornsea 3
Winger Josh Smith scores five tries as Yorkshire Four leaders Skipton coast to victory over Hornsea
WINGER Josh Smith collected a five-try haul as Skipton consolidated their position at the top of Yorkshire Four with a resounding victory over at Sandylands.
Captain Chris Sheehan
set the tone after an excellent break by centre Jamie Barker
put him clear for the first of Skipton's 14 tries.
Slick handling by Skipton stand-off Ben Brearley
and centre Jon Currie was intercepted by Hornsea but the ball was taken over their own line and the home side won a five-yard scrum.
The ball went swiftly down the line to Hamish Munro
who put his opposite winger Smith in for the second try.
Full back Matty Langstaff converted and Skipton had an early12-0 lead.
An excellent break from the re-start by No 8 Harry McEneaney
led to a Skipton penalty five yards out for a Hornsea offside.
The home side opted for the scrum and re-cycled ball put Brearley over for try number three. Langstaff again added the extra points.
Barker then broke free from the re-start and shipped the ball to Smith for the fourth try, earning the home side a bonus point.
Skipton conceded a penalty but the ball did not find touch and Langstaff countered with a chip to force a line-out in the corner.
Skipton stole the ball at the throw-in and good forward work and slick passing put McEneaney in for try number five.
The sixth followed shortly after with Langstaff and prop Chris Wright
, who off-loaded to put flanker Luke Daniels over.
Langstaff sustained a leg injury and was replaced at full-back by Carl Patterson
Skipton rounded off the first half with an excellent forward drive putting Smith over for a try.
Patterson added the extra points and the sides turned round at 43-0 in Skipton's favour.
Smith was straight back into action following the break when his opposite number for Hornsea dropped the ball from the re-start. Smith gathered and scored a try which Patterson converted.
The floodgates were open and Smith stole the ball in the next move and crossed again with Patterson converting.
To their credit, Hornsea stuck to their task and were awarded a penalty under the posts for Skipton not releasing, which they converted for three consolation points.
The game was in the bag for the home side, however, and Skipton ran in five more tries from Barker, Charlie Brown
, Brearley, Munro and finally Patterson, who also converted four of them.