Heavy conditions can’t prevent an away triumph for Wyke

IT was a wet and heavy field at West Craven for a crunch match in Pennine League’s Division 2.

Wyke were without Gav Mezals, Tim Stones, John Vaichicoulas Calvin Barker, Duane Platt and John Raynor plus eight others, and played with 16 men having lost a player on the journey over due to illness.

Jonny Waddington started with an excellent break on the right side, supported by Brad Ellis and really put pressure on the home team in the first set.

A nice passing move saw Tevin Campbell go in at the corner and a further try from Waddington put Wyke in the driving seat a 8-0.

Poor decisions, lack of composure and indiscipline, again, saw Craven claw it back to 8-8 at half time.

Craven took the lead with a nice long-range try and some poor one-on-one defence to edge in front at 12- 8

Wyke then started to make best use of their chances and breaks and Shaun Godfrey soon replied back with a nice solo try with the conversion added by Ellis.

Captain Ian Wormald then added his seventh try of the season to put the visitors in front with the conversion from Ellis.

Craven didn’t give up and managed a try from grubber-kick but it wasn’t enough to get a result.

Simon Owen proved to beoutstanding once again, as were Sam Kitson and Liam Hay for Wyke.

n Brighouse Rangers ARLFC return from their week off to face Bradford outfit West Bowling in the Andrew Bennett Cup at Russell Way (2.00pm).

Rangers are set to ring the changes from last time as second-rower Gavin Midgley is out due to his broken ankle against the same opposition two weeks ago, but fireman Steve O’Keefe returns after work commitments over the bonfire period to strengthen the back-row. Rangers are set to recall half-back Ben Drennan who sustained a knee injury at Kinsley Raiders and is in contention.

Chairman Paul Sweeney commented that the season was going really well with five wins from five games and the open age process of rebuilding was growing momentum with the average age of his team being 24.

Coach Andrew Ambler has had the luxury of picking from a 30-man squad and competition for places is high.

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