Burley victory gets Hemsworth’s season well up and running

KEY COG: Charlie Briscoe put in the hard yards for Hemsworth against Burley.
KEY COG: Charlie Briscoe put in the hard yards for Hemsworth against Burley.

Hemsworth RUFC’s season is well up and running after victory at Burley saw them complete back-to-back success in Yorkshire Division 3.

After opening the season with four straight defeats the Moxon Fields men beat Bramley last weekend at home and followed it up with their first away win in Leeds.

Burley cruised to a 34-5 victory in the same fixture last season but Hemsworth showed how far they have progressed with a superb team display to win 24-10 in wet and windy conditions on Saturday.

And they did it without regular props Alex Booth and Paul Lawton, although Joe Thompson,Danny Key and Craig Key returned to the replacements bench after injury.

It was a tough opening ten minutes for the visitors with the hosts taking advantage of playing down the slope in the first half.

The Hemsworth defence held firm for the most part but Burley did manage to score a converted pushover try to edge ahead.

The flow of the game changed midway through the first half when Hemsworth hit back in some fashion.

Jake Thomson broke the Burley defensive line and rounded their full-back to get the visitors on the scoresheet. Tom Smith converted to level.

It lifted Hemsworth and they struck again to take a 14-7 lead into the break. A good back row move resulted in Mark Mears touching down and Smith again obliged with the boot.

With half-time came a change in momentum on the restart as Burley went back on the attack with plenty of the ball in hand.

But they missed a penalty and Hemsworth made them pay when Smith kicked a penalty of his own to give the visitors a ten-point cushion.

Burley were successful with their next penalty but Zac Mears all-but wrapped things up for the visitors when he scored Hemsworth’s third try of the afternoon and Smith added the extras.

The hosts piled the pressure on the Hemsworth line for a way back into the game but the visitors held firm to seal their second win of the campaign.

Hemsworth will look to make it three wins in a row when they host Castleford on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).