Good defence work despite conditions

Batley Boys Under9s put in a spirited and disciplined team performance against a much bigger Drighlington team in torrential rain.
Despite the conditions both teams contributed to an entertaining game, with Batley moving the ball well along the line.
Batley worked exceptionally hard in defence. In a tight first half Drighlington took the lead but Batley hit back with an excellent try in the corner from manofthematch Cameron Taylor.
The scores remained level at halftime.
In the second half the Boys tired against strong and well drilled opposition but there was good work in defence from Spencer Page (top tackler) and Stan Kilburn stopped a certain try on the line.
Charlie Wilson won the good effort award for a hard working performance. There were good driving runs from Lewis Farren, Josh Ottewell, Jack Toronczak and George Collett.
Shaw Cross Sharks Under9s entertained Dewsbury Celtic in a local derby played in a good spirit despite the torrential rain. Shaw Cross came out victorious by nine tries to one.
The Sharks’ power up the middle of the field was too much for the opposition to handle, allowing the team’s speed men to score tries.
The manofthematch award went to Brad Llewellyn, who scored four tries with his superior speed and skill.
Top tackler went to Elliott Richardson who made some bonecrunching hits in defence.
Jack Kemp was top trainer after another good week at the club and the special effort award went to Jack Clay, who is turning into a very handy player.
In appalling conditions Dewsbury Celtic Under16s beat strong opposition from Stanningley to make it four wins from four matches.
Playing down the slope in the first half, Celtic’s strong defence led to a turnover.
Good interpassing between Batchelor and Allott unfortunately saw Allott held up just short of the tryline.
Two more scoring opportunities for Celtic were soon spoiled by the weather, but passing by Addy and Halloran fed Foster, who slipped the ball to Clough to score out wide.
Strong Celtic defence kept Stanningley at bay, and towards the end of the first half O'Donnell ran onto a ball and stormed over for Celtic’s second try, out wide.
A lapse in concentration in the last minute of the half allowed the Leeds side to score.
The second half saw Celtic continue to apply pressure until Mowvely ran from halfback and scored, again out wide
Celtic tried to play ‘dry weather’ rugby in the monsoonlike conditions and fell short of the tryline on three occasions.
With only minutes remaining Stanningley’s persistence paid off and they scored under the posts.
In the last play of the match Celtic passed the ball along the line, leaving Nicholas no other option but to score and win 1610
The top tackler award went to Foster and Addy was awarded the manofthematch award by the Stanningley coaches.
Dewsbury Celtic Under18s proved too strong for Gateshead Thunder, winning 5412 in the National Youth League.
Thunder took an early lead in the second minute with a penalty but soon after Celtic scored the first of their 11 tries, Josh Brooke sending Jordan Lyons to the posts, Tommy Crabtree goaling.
Centre Matty Sheridan scored the first of his five tries and the hosts dominated.
Elliott Castlehouse dummied and sidestepped three tacklers to sprint 60 metres for a great try and Lyons added a second.
Sheridan went in again and Andy Bates darted over, Lewis Wilson adding the extras to make it 282.
Just before the break Luke Wilson crossed from 10 metres for Gateshead, Shield converting.
Celtic were again unstoppable in the second half, James Delaney scoring his debut try and Sheridan two more.
Shields got one back for Thunder but Celtic finished strongly, Liam Edwards sending Oliver Hallas in at the corner for his debut try and man of the match Sheridan claiming the last and Lewis Wilson added his fourth conversion.

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