Rugby Union picture special: Pontefract pile up points despite red card for Matthews
After a stuttering start in their opening game Pontefract found their feet to record their first win of the season in Yorkshire One when they convincingly beat Goole 64-7.
Playing at Moor Lane for the first time this season, there was little sign of the previous week’s hesitation and rustiness that led to a 23-8 defeat at Selby.
Early signs that Goole were in for a tough afternoon came as Craig Fawcett took Niall Sandwith’s offload in the early minutes to round the Goole defence and score in the corner.
That was a prelude to a strong stanza in the Goole 22 metre zone with Callum Rogers breaking several tackles to crash over.
First half scores continued with Liam Kay adding conversions while the somewhat harsh award of a red card against Pontefract’s marauding second row Brodie Matthews did not deter the one-way flow of action.
The strong pack display continued into the second half, with a rampaging try for Jack Beddis and further tries from Richard Dedicoat, Lucas Ketterridge, Craig Fawcett, Ciaran Tucker and Linden Metcalfe.
Andy Coleman put the icing on the cake with a dancing side step and break to complete the scoring under the posts. It was a satisfying end to the afternoon, taking Pontefract’s tally to 64 against a sole consolation try from a plucky Goole side.
Pontefract travel to Dinnington this Saturday.
After their first scheduled game was called off Knottingley belatedly opened their season in Yorkshire Three with a visit to Barnsley, but came unstuck as they went down 26-3 in their first competitive game for 19 months.
They will hope to have shaken off the rust when back at home this Saturday, against West Park Leeds who have lost both their league games so far.
Castleford are among the early frontrunners following wins in their first two matches in Yorkshire Three.
They followed up a 28-19 win over Halifax Vandals with a 13-8 success in a hard fought battle away to Sheffield Medicals.
Castleford play a local derby at home to Hemsworth this Saturday with their opponents losing their opening game 26-19 at Wibsey and going down 31-17 at home to Ossett.