HEMSWORTH RUFC head coach Mark Wilson has heaped praise on his side’s emerging young talent, writes Nick Rigg.
Wilson watched on as 17-year-old hot prospects Aaron Winks and Jacob Bailey both got on the scoresheet in Hemsworth’s 66-0 thumping of Leeds Corinthians in Yorkshire Division Four at the weekend.
Another 17-year-old, Brad Thomson, brother of Joe, the team’s kicker, entered play for the final 15 minutes.
They join a growing number of young players under the age of 20 to pull on the Hemsworth shirt, and it bodes extremely well for the club’s future.
“Aaron and Jacob were outstanding on Saturday,” said Wilson.
“We had seven or eight players missing due to work and other commitments but they’ve come in and made it extremely difficult for me to drop them for the next game.
“How can you say to a player of that age that they’re not in the starting line-up for the next game after they’ve played like that?”
Winks scored twice and picked up the man of the match honours in last week’s Yorkshire Trophy triumph over Adwick, but it was Bailey’s first start for the first team.
Both are expected to start when Hemsworth take on Mosborough at Moxon Fields this Saturday (kick-off 3pm), and Brad Thomson is also set to feature more regularly.
The Sheffield side sit mid-table going into the game, winning three and losing four of their seven matches so far.
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