Wildie races in for hat-trick as Featherstone Rovers beat Dewsbury

Hat-trick hero Matty Wildie.
Hat-trick hero Matty Wildie.

After being made to work hard in the first half Featherstone Rovers ran away with their Betfred Championship game against Dewsbury Rams at the LD Nutrition Stadium.

John Duffy’s men trailed 18-10 just past the half-hour mark, but did not concede any further points and went on to be convincing 46-18 winners in the end to maintain their top four challenge.

In a first half that swung one way then the other it was Dewsbury who opened the scoring off the back of a couple of penalties with Jode Sheriffe diving over for the opening try, which was converted by Paul Sykes.

After Rovers were awarded a penalty in a good position they hit back as Tom Holmes made a strong break and his offload sent Connor Farrell over. Martyn Ridyard’s conversion levelled the score.

Back came the Rams with Aaron Brown showing some neat footwork after taking an offload to touch down for a try again converted by Sykes.

Winger Rob Worrincy went close to another score for the visitors, but they were back defending and had their defence breached on 26 minutes when Farrell grabbed his second try after taking a pass from Ridyard.

With the conversion missed Dewsbury stayed ahead and they stretched their advantage to eight points as Macauley Hallett got to a kick through to touch down and Sykes added his third goal.

Featherstone produced a strong finish to the half, however, to turn things round and go in 22-18 up at the break.

First, Harry Newman raced over from Holmes’ pass then Matty Wildie dived in after a great break initially by Sam Brooks that was taken on by Luke Cooper. Ridyard converted both tries to have the hosts ahead after a tight first 40 minutes.

Rovers continued their good work straight into the second half as Brooks made another break, Holmes was in support and he sent Wildie over for his second of the afternoon. Ridyard tagged on the extras.

Wildie went close to a hat-trick after taking Gareth Hock’s offload, but the Rams’ line remained intact, just.

Dewsbury defended well for a spell until they finally cracked in the final quarter with Featherstone going on to run away with the game.

Wildie did complete his hat-trick just past the hour mark as he rounded off a fine passing move that cut the Rams to pieces. Ridyard added the goal from wide out.

Winger Luke Briscoe then took his tries in consecutive matches tally up to 12 when he took Holmes’ pass to race over and with Ridyard adding a fine touchline kick it was 40-18.

Featherstone had the final word as impressive centre Newman raced from his own half for an exciting try, handing off Rams full-back Josh Guzdek on the way to the line. Ridyard added another touchline conversion to complete his excellent day with the boot and the 46-18 win was complete.

Scorers - Featherstone: Tries Farrell 2, Newman 2, Wildie 3, Briscoe; goals Ridyard 7. Dewsbury: Tries Sheriffe, Brown, Hallett; goals Sykes 3.

Featherstone Rovers: Hardman; Briscoe, Taulapapa, Newman, Robinson; Ridyard, Holmes; Ormondroyd, Carlile, Knowles, Farrell, Davies, Lockwood. Subs: Wildie, Hock, Cooper, Brooks.

Dewsbury Rams: Guzdek; Worrincy, Walshaw, Hallett, Morton; Sykes, Ansell; Sheriffe, Ward, Teanby, Crowther, Spicer, Brown. Subs: Speakman, Woollard, Trout, Reilly.

Referee: Greg Dolan.

Half-time: 22-18.

Attendance: 2,031.