HEMSWORTH RUFC claimed maximum points in their first Yorkshire Division 4 fixture of 2011 with a 32-16 victory against Old Grovians at Moxon Fields.
Mark Wilson’s men deserved their victory, their second against Old Grovians this season following a 51-14 win in the reverse game, in cold and wet conditions which hampered any kind of flowing rugby.
A minute’s silence was held before kick-off in memory of the father of Hemsworth winger Jake Thomson, who passed away last month.
It was apt that Thomson went over for a the first try of the match from 25 metres out as the hosts started brightly.
Captain Joe Thompson added Hemsworth’s second try and Dean Joburns soon followed him over the whitewash.
Man of the match Charlie-Joe Briscoe also scored a try, while Dale Joburns slotted over two early penalties.
The win edged Hemsworth closer to second-placed Burley, who fell to defeat away at Leeds Medics and Dentists.
Hemsworth are at home again this Saturday when they welcome Leeds to Moxon Fields, kick-off 2.15pm.
See Thursday’s Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express for full match report and pictures.