DEWSBURY MOOR went into the game lacking several first-team regulars, but still managed to beat Waterhead 38-22 at Heckmondwike Road.
The away side started the strongest and caught the Maroons napping as they took an early 12-0 lead in the first 15 minutes. The scores came through a Jason Andrew double and Jamie Mayhall added the extras.
The Maroons dug deep and blasted back with Jamie Samme and Jordan Foster registering two tries each, and Jacob Flathers added three conversions to restore Moor’s pride and they led 22-12 at half-time.
The second half resumed like the first half began, as Waterhead bounced back into the game, drawing level at 22-22, with tries from Andrew Corey and Jamie Mayall. Mayall converted his try.
This only spurred on the home side, and the Maroons responded with some fine handling and strong individual running.
Leading the way were Danny Wardman, James Eatherly, Peter Robinson, JonJoe Fox and Matt Shaw. Flathers then went clear and touched down, and he also goaled for Moor to edge in front at 28-22.
Moor had their tails up, and the pressure was maintained when Dean Arundel helped Cameron Bruce through a gap. The hooker showed good pace and went clear to score near the post.
Flathers tagged on the goal, and Moor were beginning to pull clear. They rounded off the scoring with an attack down the blindside, and Bruce made the opening for Scott Sheard to go over.
Next up for the Maroons are second-placed Stanningley at home tomorrow (Sat).