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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Wath Brow Hornets crowned best amateur RL club in the land

Wath Brow 22 Myton 6: Mighty Wath Brow were yesterday crowned the top amateur rugby league club in the land after a gutsy performance against a Myton side that made them battle all the way.

Karl Dixon photo
Karl Dixon

The Hornets’ success was based on an astonishing defensive that repelled virtually everything thrown at it.

Myton had shown their willingness to ground out victories on their way to the final, winning their three play-off games by a total of four points.

But the Cumbrians displayed their ability to match them in every department.

Matty Huby and James Dixon in the Brow pack took everything thrown at them, while Karl Dixon underlined his massive potential with an assured effort in the halves.

Though it was half-back partner Leroy Joe named man of the match. He did not play in either of the league games against Myton this term, when the spoils were twice shared.

And he made a huge difference, creating his side’s opening two tries and remaining heavily influential throughout the 80 minutes.

The Hornets set out their stall from the start, making great ground on their first set while Myton stand-off Jordan Precious had to kick from his 30 metre line at the end of his side’s opening set.

A high tackle on front-rower Dixon handed Brow their first scoring chance on seven minutes.

Peter Caddy put the penalty wide but his side regained possession and Joe ghosted through, the supporting Jamie Devine taking his pass to go under the posts, Caddy converting.

Myton went on to enjoy a great spell of possession but could not take advantage. Wath Brow were tested with high kicks to both flanks, while prop Steve Atkinson and centre Ashley James were both held up over the line. But Ian Rooney’s side would not yield.

Instead it was the Hornets who came closest to scoring, Karl Dixon cutting through on a pacey 50-metre burst down the right, even producing a flick pass at the end of his run to enable Fran King to make a few extra metres.

Another fine prospect Charlie Tomlinson was held a fraction short of the Warriors’ line.

In the closing moments of the half, Myton scrum-half Kris Walker fluffed a penalty attempt, though his side retained possession.

Precious then cut through the line and moments later was on hand to put second-row Lee Fewlass under the sticks, Walker converting to tie the scores at the break.

Wath Brow struggled to make much impact in attack in the opening 15 minutes of the second-half, though their wonderful defence was working overtime.

They finally broke the deadlock on 55 minutes, Joe offloading in a tackle, Lewis McCarron taking the pass to touch down, Caddy’s kick extending their lead.

Three minutes later they were in again, at the end of a fine set that started deep in their own territory.

Sensing their chance, full-back Ryan Amor chimed in to the line and King crossed in the corner.

Caddy saved the best until last, on 68 minutes slipping his marker on his 10 metre line and setting off downfield, out-pacing the cover to touch down, much to the delight of hundreds of fans who had made the trip from west Cumbria.

He missed the conversion but followed up with a penalty to stretch the lead. Myton continued to press but Wath Brow remained as resolute in defence in the 80th minute as they had been in the first. What an example. What a team.

Wath Brow: Amor, Caddy, King, Clarke, Pink, K Dixon, Joe R Huby, Toman, J Dixon, M Huby, Curnow, Devine. Subs: Tomlinson, McCarron, Martin, McClellan.

Tries: Devin, McCarron, King, Caddy

Goals: Caddy 3

Myton: Welham, Halstead, Drewery, A James, L James, Precious, Walker, A Dunham, Hough, Atkinson, R Dunham, L Fewlass, A Fewlass. Subs: Hobman, Jennison, Johnson, Krebs.

Try: L Fewlass

Goal: Walker

Attendance: 1,027

Referee: Michael Mannifield

Star Man: Leroy Joe

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