Yorkshire hopes to make big day out are dashed

Yorkshire’s senior side were heavily beaten 54-33 by Roses rivals Lancashire in the Northern Counties match at Scalby.

An excellent attendance rewarded Scarborough’s promotion of the match and the crowd was treated to a 13-try extravaganza, with Fylde’s England Counties winger Ollie Brennand the chief beneficiary with a four-try haul.

Both sides scored three converted tries before the interval for a 21-21 scoreline. Wharfedale fly-half Tom Barrett, Sheffield Tigers’ centre Jamie Broadley and replacement winger Adam Ryder, of Huddersfield, crossed for Yorkshire with Barrett adding three conversions.

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His opposite number Chris Johnson (Huddersfield), flanker Evan Stewart (Fylde) and Brennand maintained parity, Johnson adding the goals.

But then Lancashire took control after the restart, with Brennand completing a second-half hat-trick, Stewart grabbing his second and Fylde prop Peter Altham completing Lancashire’s haul. Johnson tagged on four more conversions, while Yorkshire’s riposte was too little, too late with tries from Dan Salome (Wharfedale) and replacement Chris Georgiou (Otley), with a conversion from Barrett.

The defeat, coming on the back of a narrow loss at Cheshire, ends all hope Yorkshire had of qualifying for the county final at Twickenham on May 26. Yorkshire’s final game is at Northumberland on Saturday.

Wath-on-Dearne secured promotion to Yorkshire One when they beat hosts West Leeds 33-17 in the final Yorkshire Two match of the season.

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Their four-try victory ensured they climb from third to second and will go up alongside fellow South Yorkshire side Barnsley, providing some consolation for their loss in the Senior Vase final at Twickenham last weekend.

Matt Burrows scored two tries for Wath, while Adam Barnett and Simon Lines also touched down. Anthony Barrett kicked 13 points.