A STRONG and pacey Ossett side overwhelmed Skipton on Saturday, who were brought down to earth with a bump after their away victory at Knottingley the previous week.

Skipton started well enough, disrupting Ossett's early scrums, and an early breakaway by the home side was recovered by skipper Hamish Munro, with Ossett conceding a penalty on Skipton's line. An infringement at the line-out gave Ossett a free kick, from which they ran in their opening try of the afternoon.

A yellow card for Anthony Chapman, this week starting in the centre, and a neck injury to winger Sam Brearley did not help Skipton's cause and another try for the home side soon followed. Skipton's veteran No. 8 Harry McEneaney took to the field and the Skipton pack continued to drive Ossett off the ball, but it was not enough and the home side back-line ran in two further tries to take them into the break with a 28-0 lead.

Again, Skipton started the second-half well, with two penalties into the corner and quick hands putting the ball wide, but winger Tom Lacey was bundled into touch just short when a try seemed certain.

The home side responded with a further try before a penalty to Skipton for a high tackle close in saw Chapman tap and run to put hooker Charlie Brown over for Skipton's only try of the day. Centre Callum Patrick added the extra points.

Skipton Coach Carl Watts rang the changes in the forwards, bringing Tom Creasey and Tom Allsop on to replace Harry Maltby and Damian Glaus, but Skipton could not turn back the Ossett tide and the home side ran in three further tries to come out winners by 52-7.

Notwithstanding Saturday's result, Skipton have won six of their last eight games and there is plenty still to play for in Yorkshire Three as the second half of the season gets underway.