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Skipton were the latest visitors to Cawkill Park and proved to be worthy promotion contenders. Wensleydale had the advantage of the breeze in the first half. Both sides positive approach was fantastic to see with Skipton scoring almost immediately. Dale responded in typical fashion with scrum half Paul Smith finishing following good play. The visitors retook the lead only for home number 8 Tom Lawson to crash over. Dale took the lead with a Scott Hunter penalty and went further ahead when Smithy skipped around the blindside, dummy switched with winger George Pearson then crossed over. 22 - 12 up after half an hour of breathtaking play from both sides.
With the Dale scrummage looking solid and Angus Bankier cleaning up at the lineout it seemed like only a matter of time before more tries were scored. This time though it was Skipton who scored an important try through the impressive openside when he burst through on halfway. Smithy and George both had him lined up, one of them should have tackled him, neither did. Half time 22 - 19.
Dale started the second half without Tom Lawson and not long after captain Will Allman followed him from the pitch. Both influential figures in the recent lift in form. The team coped well and with a Skipton man in the bin opportunities were missed. On the hour with no more scoring home fullback Stewart Bankier was carded for using his forearm going into contact. Cant really complain about it, only question is how often do you see that in a game ? Every week and never gets punished, until now that is !
It became the turning point of the game. Wensleydale briefly lost focus allowing Skipton to take full advantage scoring 3 tries to runaway with the result. Dale pushed for a deserved bonus point only to be held up short of the line several times. Final score 22 -38.
Great to see rugby played in this style by two improving teams.
Well played Skipton and good luck in your quest for the runners up spot.