Clayton’s try highlight of Knottingley’s impressive win

Carl Clayton scored a superb try for Knottingley.
Carl Clayton scored a superb try for Knottingley.

Knottingley RUFC maintained their perfect home record in Yorkshire Division Two this season with Saturday’s 31-3 win over Leeds Medics at Howard’s Field.

It kept Knottingley in fifth place and they have a match in hand on the four teams above them.

Knottingley captain Ryan Eades won the toss and deciding to play into the strong wind in the first half.

It proved a decisive call because although the Medics went ahead with a penalty goal, it was the last they would see of the Knottingley half as the home forwards ground their Leeds opponents into the ground.

Knottingley’s pack paved the way for man of the match James Milton to grab the game’s first touchdown.

Further sustained pressure from the forwards culminated in a decisive run from number eight Craig Field who sent in Mattin for a try that Andy Beach converted.

Veteran second row Carl Clayton then scored one of the best tries of the season after taking a pass just inside the opposition 22 metre line. He knocked aside numerous tacklers to grab a magnificent score that put Knottingley 17-3 up at half-time.

With the wind behind them in the second-half, Knottingley should have cut loose but some stubborn defence from the Medics slowed progress down.

Knottingley became too ambitious in their play and were prone to handling errors as the game opened up.

Dale Ferguson eventually put them further ahead by touching down in the corner and Beach added an excellent wind assisted conversion.

Field then ran in a solo try from a scrum on the 22 metre line and Beach again converted to make it 31-3.

With the bonus point secured Knottingley cruised the final 15 minutes and the home run was intact. They are now hoping this will rub off on their away form, which has been poor this season, and this Saturday they are away at Leodiensians, who they narrowly beat at home in October.