Warriors have too much bite for ‘Dogs

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Whitehall welcomed back half back Ricky Middleton after a two year absence for this Division Four clash and he added width to the Warriors, with great ball distribution and an astute kicking game.

Needless penalties from Whitehall turned over possession time and again resulting in a Daz Williams try.

Whitehall’s props, Jamie Holroyd and Dan Kelly, took their team to the Bulldogs line and player-coach Richard Casanove blasted a hole through the Valley blockade to pull his team level.

Then Casanove was held up on the line and Ash Cain twisted over, Holroyd goalling for a 10-4 lead.

David Spivey joined in the action and set Nat Greenwood on a bulldozing run where reat support play with Cain, Casanove and Greenwood sent Holroyd over.

Brilliant defensive work from Leon Wood, Mark Bolger and Joe Fee ensured Whitehall went in at half time 14-4 up.

The Bulldogs steamrolled down the slope with Williams once again plundering a much need try, and it was only a matter of time before Duncan Henderson cracked the Warriors nut to level at 14-14.

Whitehall knuckled down and some intense tackling from Andrew Johnson, Josh McLean and Luke Sagar followed.

As the Bulldogs were repelled time and again they tried a chip kick over the blockade. Whitehall’s versatile half back, John Handscomb was playing at full back and leapt high in the air to catch the ball. A step and dart left the valley men grasping thin air as he sprinted up the field. With the full back closing in on him, his pinpoint pass to wingman, John Sagar, sent this speed merchant storming over. A Holroyd goal saw Whitehall restore their lead at 20-14.

But the Warriors were caught napping as the Bulldogs booted the ball long. Speedy centre Chris Chapman won the race to ground the ball. The goal kick was missed but the match was set up for a grand finale.

Richard Ingham, Jamie Holroyd and Josh McLean did the hard yards up the field and the half backs capitalised on this good work. Middleton, Stead and Spivey worked the ball wide and Joe Fee romped over for his first try in Whitehall colours. Sure footed Holroyd sailed the ball between the sticks.

Handscomb and Bolger then combined to send the hard working Luke Sagar over for the final try. A Holroyd goal and Whitehall were victorious at 32-18.

On Saturday Whitehall are at home to Wibsey Warriors, 2.30pm kick off.

Whitehall Warriors 32

Dearne Valley Bulldogs 18

WYKE under eights were unlucky not to come away with at least a share of the spoils after playing their part in a pulsating 44-32 defeat by Elland.

There were some great tries from Cameron Lewis (2), Jake Rayner (2) and Callum Drake following some strong running. Dylan Firth and Aidan Law also got their names on the scoresheet.