Sherburn back to best with Park mauling
SHERBURN Bears mauled Kings Cross Park A 50-0 adding further misery to the basement club’s league campaign.
The Bears, eager to regain confidence and get their season back on track after recently bowing out of the Pennine Supplementary Cup, proved far too strong for the Division Six bottom club from Halifax despite starting the encounter tentatively.
The Bears weathered an early Kings Cross storm of tough tackles, soon forcing the hosts into their own half with deep kicks from captain Martin Leahy and halfback partner Sam Booth.
The visitor’s dominance paid dividends when good work from young winger Declan Wright led to hooker Shaun Crossland powering over with 15 minutes gone. Leahy added the extras.
Slick Sherburn passing on the counter then resulted in Alex Booth diving over in the corner, however Leahy could not convert as the score remained 10-0 on the half hour mark.
After combining with brother Sam, Joel Booth’s mazy run saw the tough-tackling second rower blast over at the side of the posts with Leahy converting.
The Bears added a fourth when Leahy supplied an excellent cut-out pass for rangy centre Bryn Watson to touch down. Leahy converted for a 22-0 half time score.
Three minutes after the restart Sam Booth burst out of the blocks, following up his own kick to score. Leahy added the extras.
The Bears continued to dominate with strong running from Scott Hudson and Martin Jackson as Adam Parker and Matt Orford frustrated the home side with a strong defensive line meaning Kings Cross struggled to make any metres with the ball.
It was not long before Sherburn added to their score through a long break downfield from the fleet-footed Leahy which saw Kings Cross struggling to get back.
The skipper was tackled just short of the line but some quick-thinking found hooker Crossland diving over for his second. Leahy converted for 34-0.
With no way back for the beleaguered hosts, the Bears continued their onslaught and next to score was the influential halfback Sam Booth who, with a clever power play on the last tackle deep in Park’s half, saw him score at the side of the sticks.
The extras came from Leahy once more.
Yet more pressure from Sherburn saw Kings Cross lose possession 10 metres from their own line and a pinpoint Sam Booth pass released powerhouse centre Johnboy Fenwick to cross without conversion.
Man of the match Sam Booth was the creator once more for Fenwick to add his second of the game and Leahy converted for a final score of 50-0.
Sherburn, who are third in the league, welcome Rodley Rockets on Saturday at Eversley Park, at 2.30pm.
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