Wath Brow beat Kells to reach play-off semi

Match report by Robert Haile.

A week after facing off in the final round of the regular season Wath Brow Hornets again hosted Kells in the Elimination Play-Offs on Saturday September 30.

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In this one off match it would come down who could handle the pressure best and this showed with a tight opening half in which both sides were held up over the line.

With both defences on top it seemed that it would be a scoreless half before a quick change in direction allowed Derry Eilbeck to reach out through a stubborn Kells defence and open the scoring before Cole Walker Taylor made the conversion to make it 6 – 0.

In the last play before halftime a crossfield kick bounced loose and Peter Caddy reacted quickest to score and gave Wath Brow a 10 – 0 lead at halftime.

Wath Brow were almost in for another try with a kick and chase between a group of Wath Brow and Kells players being called back by the referee just after the restart.

In another pressure filled opening exchange it was Kells who opened the scoring as first Troy Armstrong and then Paul Cullean went over with Grant Gainford making both conversions to give Kells a 10 – 12 lead.

This opened the game up with both sides producing excellent attacking rugby and with the game heading into the final 10 minutes Wath Brow sent Gregory Howland over to retake the lead at 14 – 12.

The attacking play continued and with Kells moving the ball out wide Karl Dixon intercepted a pass and raced down the field before passing to Jamie Devine to score under the posts and with Cole Walker Taylor making the conversion the game looked out of reach for Kells at 20 – 12.

As the match approach fulltime Kells made one last attempt to find a way back into the game and did so with Craig Benson crossing but with the conversion missed and time against them the match finished 20 – 16.

Wath Brow Hornets will host Rochdale Mayfield in the Play-Off Semi-Final and it will be their final home game of the season on Saturday October 14 with the match starting at 14:30.