it’s muddy hell

THORNENSIANS put up a brave fight at runaway Yorkshire Three leaders Wath-upon-Dearne but endured a torrid time in the mud to go down 38-0.

Players, coaches and supporters arrived early to clear the playing surface of water but while the pitch was passable, the players were unrecognisable as they left the field.

The Thorne forwards raised their game against the massive, talented and well-drilled opponents.

But the hosts – who have won all 12 of their league matches this season – had too much for Thorne.

The returning James Fenwick, who came on early in the first half for the injured Simon Stocks, was the architect of the many inroads Thorne made.

But effort was not rewarded on the scoreboard with scoring opportunities denied for Zac Holgate and Brett Hunt, twice.

Skipper Adam Lloyd led his troops well, but the heavy ball and conditions did not favour the lighter side.

Scott Berry put in a great effort, but some variable Thorne tackling allowed the Wath backs to break through for six tries, with four converted.

Wath full back Adam West charged down the line and coasted through a gap in the Thorne defence to go over for the first.

In a similar move, centre Steve Mason was next on the scoresheet as the ball was moved down the line and he proved too powerful to stop.

Wath used their power to force Thorne’s scrum back from five metres for Matthew Burrows to go over.

Fly half Joe Thompson was next on the scoresheet after lock Richard Hill broke a tackle on the 22 and offloaded to him to go over.

Winger Jason Wong was next over as the Wath scrum again dominated allowing Josh Bird to break blind and play the wide man in to dart across the line.

The final try of the day was a second for West who picked up the ball out wide, dodge several tackles and speed through to score.

Thorne now look forward to seven home games in the remainder of the season, with the first coming against Aireborough on Saturday with a 2.15pm kick-off.