York 2nds 17

Wharfedale Foresters 38

WHARFEDALE Foresters overcame a sluggish start to beat York 2nds 38-17 at Clifton Park on Saturday.

A couple a squad changes and a late due to traffic issues made for a sluggish start, and a midfield stalemate ensued for the first 15 minutes with solid defence from both sides.

The deadlock was broken by a smart move finished with York scoring wide out. The conversion was missed.

This setback seemed to kickstart the Foresters into more positive play and Rory MacNab converted a simple penalty from in front of the posts.

A spell of 20 minutes of pressure completed the half, as firstly centre Will Bell crossed to the right hand side of the posts following 15 phases of play finished off by a good off load by left winger Oli Cicognini. MacNab converted.

More pressure told and following a good scrum five yards out by the forwards, the beneficiary was scrum half Will Lawn who dummied and darted over by the posts. MacNab converted again to make the half-time score 17-5.

Although the Foresters were playing down the slope in the second half, it was York who again opened the scoring when following a penalty and line-out they crossed wide out. The conversion was missed again.

This seemed once again to kickstart the Foresters and some possession continuity from all 15 players, forwards and backs linking well resulted in a well-worked try scored by last week's hat-trick hero, blindside/lock Jacob Taylor, who crossed following a storming 15 yard run. MacNab scored the conversion.

The Foresters pressed for more points and this resulted in outside centre Ben Parkinson finishing from 20 yards following a flowing move down field with Lawn and Josh Prell. MacNab converted again.

The scoring did not end there as York scored a converted try before the final whistle following an interception.

It was not a vintage Foresters performance, but the win kept their 100 per cent league record intact.