Yorkshire Inter District Union: York 24 Bradford 12

CHAMPIONS York responded well to their setback against leaders Halifax-Huddersfield with a comprehensive 24-12 defeat of Bradford at Fulford.

They had no fewer than eight home members in their team and local knowledge appeared to pay off.

The hosts took an 8-4 lead from the morning foursomes with York’s Julian Taylor and David Hague (Malton & Norton) getting their first 2015 win as a pairing, defeating Bingley St Ives’ duo Terry Brushwood and Dane Bairstow 2&1.

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Fulford pair Jamie Miller and George Forder won 4&3 against Northcliffe’s Chris Howe and Rob Malloy, the latter’s second loss in four games together.

Malton & Norton’s Alex Wiggins had his third different foursomes partner in Fulford’s Mark Christie – and got his third win. They beat Mark Cook (Northcliffe) and Bingley St Ives’ Jack Laybourne 2&1.

Pike Hills’ Olly Adamson and first-timer Ben Plaxton (Fulford) won 2&1 against Cleckheaton’s Martin Gaffney and South Bradford’s Jack Hall, who had enjoyed victories in both their previous two matches together.

For Bradford, Cleckheaton’s Nigel Colbeck and Shipley’s Rob Hillas made it two wins out of two as they saw off Fulford’s Damon Coulson and Rob Moore 3&1.

Northcliffe’s James Darcy and Andy Busfield (South Bradford) recorded their first win after a half and a loss as they beat Fulford’s James Cass and Matt Heels by one hole.

Christie won his singles, scoring 3&2 against Hillas – who has yet to enjoy afternoon success in three attempts – to add to his foursomes victory.

Forder did likewise, seeing off Cook 5&4, and Miller had a thumping 9&8 result against the previously unbeaten Howe.

Wiggins left Darcy still searching for an afternoon win, and Heels now has a maximum return from three encounters, downing the previously undefeated Hall 4&3.

Plaxton was another to enjoy maximum success on the day, winning 3&2 against Gaffney who had gone into the match unbeaten in both foursomes and singles.

For Bradford, Malloy and Laybourne made it three wins and a half from their four respective singles matches this campaign, Bairstow won 2&1 against Coulson, and Busfield got his first singles gain by defeating Cass 4&3.