Ratcliffe bags hat-trick in Trojans' Wibsey win

Ratcliffe bags hat-trick in Trojans' Wibsey win

THORNHILL Trojans A brushed aside Wibsey Warriors A 48-22 in the group stage of the Yorkshire Men’s League Forty20 Cup.

The Trojans performed well and had to work hard for their impressive win.

With a mix of youth and experience Thornhill scored early on through Jordan Truelove. George Woodcock added the extras.

But the away side responded well and were on level terms once more following Chris Vogel’s try and Brad Wright’s conversion.

Sam Ratcliffe finished off a skillful move moments later, however, to give his side a four point lead.

The hosts then pulled clear with a fine touchdown from captain Shane Davies.

But two missed conversions by the hosts meant Wibsey were still in the game.

Vogel was the away side’s best player and posed threats throughout the first period and scored his second try of the game before the interval. Brad Wright converted.

But back-to-back tries from Thornhill ended much of the visitors’ resistance before the change of ends.

Firstly debutant George Scott touched down before Woodcock put clear daylight between the two sides. Woodcock’s try was converted by Ratcliffe, which gave the home side a 30-12 advantage at the break.

The Warriors were given some hope thanks to a converted try from Michael Derrick after the restart.

But a quickfire double saw Truelove complete his hat-trick for Thornhill following his first-half try.

In the closing stages Mark Hodgson scored an unconverted try followed by Wibsey’s final touch down of the game by Joe Radcliffe.

Man of the Match Ratcliffe then scored his third and final try of the match, which he converted, to round of the Trojans’ comfortable win at Overthorpe Park.

Their next group stage match is away at Keighley Albion tomorrow (3pm).

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