Match report: Doncaster Knights 57 Wharfedale 17

Knights skipper Matt Challinor was on the scoresheet in the win over Wharfedale
Knights skipper Matt Challinor was on the scoresheet in the win over Wharfedale

The Knights recovered from a first half slump to secure an emphatic win over Wharfedale in their final home game of the season.

The seven-try triumph saw the Knights close their home campaign with a 100 per cent record and keep them ahead at the top of the table with two vital away clashes to come.

A comfortable afternoon looked to be on the cards as Mat Clark and Tyson Lewis ran in tries from half way inside the first 13 minutes with Dougie Flockhart also slotting over a penalty.

But the Knights went off the boil as the half wore on allowing Wharfedale to come into the game with tries from Taylor Prell and Scott Jordan narrowing the gap before the break.

Wharfedale struck the first blow in the second half when Jordan went over again after running almost the entire length of the pitch to put his side in front.

But the Knights were kicked into action, edging back ahead through another Flockhart penalty.

Flockhart intercepted on half way and ran in to score, sparking a brilliant conclusion to the game from the hosts.

The bonus point try came soon after with Bruno Bravo superbly keeping the ball alive before finding Adam Kettle who went over on his final game at Castle Park.

Matt Challinor barged over after a good period of pressure while replacement Jamie Lennard ghosted through a gap for the sixth.

And as the game entered added time, Bravo stayed alert to dot down a loose ball after a kick through was initially blocked.

Lewis put the full stop on the afternoon after collecting a pass from Danny Kenny and racing in from half way to score.

For the full match report, see Monday’s Star.