Kinsley gearing up for crucial clash at title rivals Queensbury

Gaz Davies was in good form for Kinsley last weekend. Picture: Mike Roby.
Gaz Davies was in good form for Kinsley last weekend. Picture: Mike Roby.

Pennine League Division Four title-contenders Kinsley Raiders continued their outstanding form in a 24-10 win over well drilled Selby Warriors.

It should put second-placed Kinsley in a confident mood for Saturday’s mouth watering fixture at leaders Queensbury who are just one point ahead of them.

The clash against Selby was a potential banana skin, with plenty of friends and former teammates on the two opposing teams.

But Kinsley gave a dominant display and never looked like slipping up.

They opened the scoring when hooker Rob Braithwaite’s astute pass gave Chris Sewell the chance to power over for a try that was goaled by Ryan Smith who then kicked a penalty.

Selby replied with a try but Kinsley led 12-4 at the break after Braithwaite supplied another slick pass to send Lee Trigg storming over.

The Raiders kept up the good work in the second-half.

Strong runs from John Williams, Ben Lyons, Trigg, Chris Reall and skipper Dave Stogden set a great platform for stand-in half-backs Gaz Davies and Ash Wild to show their silky skills.

Davis and Wild engineered an an opening for Dave Stogden to canter over.

Selby cut the gap to 16-10 but they never looked like getting the better of a Kinsley side who are excellently coached by Mick Riley senior and Mick Riley junior .

After contributing superbly for 60 minutes, Braithwaite was replaced by Dave Watson who made an immediate impact by weaving his way past four defenders to score.

Kinsley finished the stronger side with Sewell wrestling his way over for his second try, despite the attention of five would-be tacklers.

Dave Stogden won the Neil Martin top tackler award, closely followed by Trigg and Davies.

Dave Stogden also won the Kinsley Timber MOM award. He was pushed close by props Trigg and Williams.

Kinsley have congratulated their talented young centre Jordan Taylor who will play for Yorkshire this Sunday in the under 19s Tri Series decider against Lancashire at Ince Rose Bridge.