Wyke 15-12 Queensbury
Stand-off James Dewhirst
proved to be the executioner in chief in a Wyke side that pulled off a major upset in the 1st round of the Jack Senior Memorial Bradford Cup.
Premier Division Queensbury was clear favourites to march through to the semi-finals against the black and whites who are languishing at the bottom of Division Two without a win this term.
Wyke opened the scoring when prop Mick Wormald found the target with a penalty for holding down before Bury roared up field only to pass into touch with a two man overlap waiting to pounce. However they made no mistake shortly afterwards when second row forward Joe Swaine fired a cut out ball to wingman Sam Poole who found the whitewash at speed. It was end to end excitement as both sets of forwards strived for supremacy and it was the opportunist Dewhirst who spotted the tiniest of gaps to burrow over from acting half to regain the lead 6-4. He then caused havoc with a short kick over the Bury defence leaving Wormald to slot over another penalty when he was floored off the ball.
Bury responded with a raking move up the right flank but disaster struck when hooker Ian Watkinson
incepted to sprint clear, just as he seemed to run out of steam against the scrambling defence up popped wingman Ben Baron on his shoulder to collect the offload and scampered under the posts. Dewhirst added the extras and when Swaine was caught ruffing up in the tackle he earned a yellow card for his misbehaviour.
At 14-4 Wyke had the task of playing up the slope and showed their intent when packman Ash Hutchinson
just failed to reach a Dewhirst grubber under the uprights. Bury were far from done with substitutes Ben Naylor and Jack Evison creating huge gaps with their electric pace. The game went back into the melting pot when full back Gregg Marriott latched onto a short ball from prop Luke Cheney to touchdown but once again the conversion attempt sailed wide.
Dewhirst kept his composure and positioned himself bang in front to pop over a one pointer that ensured the visitors had to score twice and the black and whites hearts skipped another beat when Swaine prised open the chance to put Naylor over in the corner.
Prop Lee Kelly charged 40 metres downfield from the restart but it was only a prelude to the final curtain that saw Wyke take the spoils in what was an absorbing encounter.