Yorkshire RFU – Northern Division
Results – Saturday 16 January
Yorkshire Division Three
Thornensians RUFC 29 vs Stocksbridge RUFC 13
Thornensians started 2016 as they ended 2015 – In promotion winning form. The club currently lie second in Yorkshire three as they continue their push to climb the divisions in the Yorkshire RFU Northern Division. Similarly, the club’s merit side continue to do well and lie second in the South District Merit League.
The club and Senior Coach, John Pierce, have at least two new signings of high quality players to take them into the second part of the season. With other players returning too, it bodes well for their remaining fixtures.
With junior and minis teams also thriving there is a very positive buzz around the club.
The game against Stocksbridge was preceded by a minute’s applause to commemorate the life of the father of Thorne winger, Danny Gilbert. He will be sadly missed.
Having passed a pitch inspection, Thorne played a resolute Stocksbridge side in chilly but fine conditions to achieve a bonus point win and continue their quest for promotion.
The visitors came determined to prevent Thorne playing a wide game and defended bravely. A try from lock Rob Raper opened the scoring for the hosts to make it 5 – 0, though a converted breakaway try gave Stocksbridge the lead against the run of play. This was followed by a penalty to make it 10 – 5 to the visitors.
Thorne showed good patience and discipline to retain control against their spirited opponents, with lock Tom Hughes making a hard drive for the line to score an unconverted try to level the scores at 10 -10 which was the interval score. Hughes had an excellent driving game in a Thorne pack that were to be very dominant in the second half.
Prop, Adan Smith showed his pace and determination to run in the first of his two tries, the first being converted by centre Rob Brown. The second try was assisted by hooker Lee Linsdell, who drew two men and off-loaded to the rampaging new dad, Adan – 23 – 10 to Thorne. The visitors spent some time with a man in the bin through over-exuberant play. The did score another penalty, though Thorne replacement full-back Chaz Cantrill.
The muddy pitch conditions made it difficult for Thorne’s fast and illusive runners in the backs, but the hosts were well-pleased with their 29 -13 victory and five tries. They retain second place in the league and travel to fifth-placed Bramley next week, whilst the Merit Team are at home to Wortley.