Rockware have edge against derby rivals

KNOTTINGLEY Rockware playermaker Ryan Eades looks for an opening in Saturday's game at Ackworth. PICTURE: MATTHEW MERRICK.
KNOTTINGLEY Rockware playermaker Ryan Eades looks for an opening in Saturday's game at Ackworth. PICTURE: MATTHEW MERRICK.

KNOTTINGLEY Rockware defied the odds to grind out a 12-0 victory in Saturday’s Pennine League Championship derby game at Ackworth Jaguars.

The Knottingley side played nearly all the game with 12 men after having ex-Ackworth player Dean Shepherd sent off after just five minutes.

Ackworth also gave an excellent account of themselves in a battle of attrition.

Both teams struggled to gain any ascendancy in heavy conditions.

Rockware led 6-0 at half-time after breaking the deadlock with a well-worked try when clever play by Eades and James sent in top try scorer Taylor for his seventh touchdown in six games that Parish goaled.

Ackworth went close to scoring when great play by Mark Cavill nearly put Greg Horobin through but he couldn’t hold the pass.

Ackworth’s Gaz Webber had an effort ruled out for a forward pass after good work by Thorpe, O’Toole and Richard Frankland.

There was solid defensive work by Ackworth captain Matt Steadman, who was their top tackler, man of the match Lee Trigg and debutant Dave Thorpe.

Defences continued to dominate in the second-half.

Ackworth’s Gareth Gale and Paul Hewitt broke the line numerous times but the home side were unable to capitalise.

Rockware struck a vital blow when Ben Pearson beat four men to score a try that Parish again improved.

With time running out, Ackworth again pressed strongly but they were foiled by Rockware’s magnificent defence.

Eades, Jones and Taylor were Rockware’s men of the match in what was essentially a tremendous team effort.

Ackworth thanked match sponsor Keith Stevenson and ball sponsor Alan Martin.

Knottingley fan Bill Scott kindly donated his winning raffle prize of a rugby ball to a local junior player.