Wyke cruise to cup


THE game started off fast and strong and Wyke took the lead when Joe Bell threw a long ball to James Knott who showed his pace to run the rest of the field, round the full back and touch down under the sticks. Bell easily converted.

The Matthew Harrison passed to Bell, to barge and side step three defenders to score. He converted his own try to make the score 12-0.

Fullback, James Wain gathered a kick and went the length of the field to score. Bell converted.

Shane Scrimshaw set up the next try with a great kick to the corner, Michael Barker collecting and sliding over. Bell missed the conversion.

The last score of the first half came from prop forward Ryan Kershaw, barging his way through four defenders to score close to the sticks. Bell converted to bring the half-time score to 28-0.

Wyke carried on after the break, as they had left off. James Knott finished off a great passing move down the line with a try in the corner.

However, Underbank finally found their next gear and started to make advantage of a few dubious decisions.

First an unseen knock- on by Underbank allowed their centre to collect the loose ball and score near the corner.

From the restart Benedict Barron collected the kick, but was deemed to have placed a foot in touch.

Underbank took full advantage from the position and scored again in the corner.

They were soon over again as they shipped the ball across the field to put their winger over in the corner for 32-12.

Wyke started to show some of their form from the first half as both starting props had returned and good field position allowed Kershaw to barge his way through three defenders to coast under the sticks. The conversion was taken by fellow prop Matthew Johnston to make it 38-12.

Underbank scored two tries in quick succession in the last 10 minutes for a nervy ending.

It took Wyke to 33 games unbeaten. In the league title race they are away next at leaders Churwell chiefs.

Wyke are three points behind with five games in hand, leaving them comfortable for a run up to the end of the season.