Youthful Maroons outclassed in one-sided second half

DEWSBURY MOOR’S youngsters put up a valiant effort against Wortley Dragons in Division Four East but ultimately lost out 34-16 at Carr Lane.

The first half was evenly balanced, with Moor holding their own against stronger more experienced opponents.

The hosts were first to score thanks to an Elliot Sheard touchdown following  his lung-bursting 70-metre sprint to the whitewash.

Brad Samme goaled to make it 6-0 to the Maroons.

Moor looked lively after going ahead but they were eventually pegged back and following a series of Wortley attacks the visitors scored a converted try.

The home side responded well, however, and they were unlucky not to retake the lead on the stroke of half-time when Aiden Sheard was held up short of the try line.

After the restart Moor continued as they left off, playing lively rugby.

In heated exchanges Connor Gavaghan and Kyle Wadsworth held their own against their older counterparts.

And as Moor pressed the busy Archie Bruce went over from close range.

Alex Hollingworth added the extras to regain the hosts’ six-point lead.

But having gone behind for a second time the Dragons began to dominate and in the next 20 minutes the away side took  control gaining a 28-12 lead.

Despite throwing away their lead Moor responded with another try, this time through Billy Yarrow for an unconverted score.

It was Wortley who had the final say at the death with a converted try to round off a flattering 34-16 win over Dewsbury Moor.

The two sides are now tied for fourth in Division Four East.

Next up for Moor’s Pennine League is a trip to play Swillington Miners Welfare tomorrow (2.30pm).

Meanwhile the Yorkshire Junior League gets underway and Moor’s Under-18s kick off their campaign with a home game against York Acorn.

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