Brailsford points the way as Hemsworth maintain promotion bid

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Hemsworth extended their unbeaten run to eight matches and maintained their championship bid with an excellent victory away to rivals Burley in Yorkshire Four.

Burley could have gone second had they been victorious, but they came up against a determined Hemsworth team who played some fine rugby, especially in the opening half when they scored all of their tries.

Full-back Ben Brailsford set them on the way with the opening try before second rower Jacob Bailey produced a powerful finish, smashing his way over the line for a second score.

Centre Adam Jones then finished off a superb backs move that started round the half-way line to collect Hemsworth’s third try before the break.

Brailsford converted two of the tries with Hemsworth racking up 19 unanswered first half points.

They did not find it so easy to score after the break when playing up the slope and were denied any further tries that would have given them a bonus point.

Burley also hit back, scoring 10 points, but Hemsworth defended like a team who would not be beaten and did add to their score when Brailsford was on target with a tough penalty kick to put the seal on victory.

The result left Hemsworth in second place, five points behind Skipton with a game in hand, five ahead of Rotherham Phoenix and eight in front of fourth-placed Burley.

They now have two games left with the first of them a huge meeting with Skipton at home on Saturday, April 8.

If they beat them they will clinch promotion and if they can beat them then go to Ossett on April 22 and win in their final game of the season they would be promoted as champions.

For Hemsworth it is a remarkable turn round in fortunes after they were at the bottom end of the table when Adam Bradley took over as head coach last year.

To have an opportunity to finish as champions with wins in the last two games is fantastic for the club and all support is welcome at the Hemsworth ground on Moxon Fields for the big game against Skipton.