Injury list not enough to deny win for Wyke

THE match kicked off early with Wyke Juniors playing in the curtain-raiser programme for the Million Pound Game at Belle Vue.

Early exchanges were tough but Wyke seemed to have the physical edge over the experienced Queensbury pack.

Props John Vachicilous and the seasoned Simon Owen ripping into their opponents with some tough runs.

Poor discipline led to Queensbury having three repeat sets on the Wyke line without scoring.

Captain Ian Wormald opened the scoring for Wyke with a trademark short pass from Ian Watkinson near to the line, Brad Ellis kicked the goal.

The game then continued to be a real forward affair but some poor handling out wide cost Wyke near the line.

The pressure did tell when new second-row signing Jonny Waddington broke down the left side to be caught by the full-back.

Some nice handling then saw winger Brett Grey finish in the corner. Ellis missed the kick, but it was 10-0 at half time to Wyke.

Wyke then came out in the second half with a more determined attitude.

The introduction of new signing Scott Watson really did speed things up and it showed when he broke through and the Queensbury defence struggled to handle his foot work.

New signing Gav Mezals showed his class with two fine centre three-quarter tries, the second being from a fine break from Ellis to support well and go in under the sticks.

Mezals showed his class again when a nice passing move saw him feed the explosive 17-year-old winger Tevin Campbell to go over in the corner.

Queensbury never gave up and scored a try almost on full time.

There were also strong games from substitute Andy LLoyd, Liam Hey, Brett Grey and Sam Kitson.

Wyke’s man of the match was Shaun Godfrey.

Coach Warren Pitman commented: “It was a really good defensive display.

“But we do have things that we need to improve on that other teams we are going to face may be able to exploit more.

“We have a lot of guys filling in different positions at the moment due to injuries .

“So for us to get a victory like that against a good Queensbury side with a really honest performance was very pleasing.”