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Whitehall Warriors 32 Wibsey Warriors 10

Whitehall, on the back of two convincing victories in Division Four of the Pennine League, were playing a team they had never beaten before.

The home side got off to a flyer when fast hands from David Spivey and John Handscomb sent wingman Leon Wood sprinting over and a brilliant touchline conversion from Ricky Middleton made it 6-0.

Wibsey settled and counter attacked but were repelled time and again by the enthusiastic Warriors defence and Middleton’s long up field kicks.

A fluent Whitehall surged forward with Nat Greenwood and Richard Casanove linking well with the backs, creating havoc.

As a desperate Wibsey defence rushed out, Spivey stepped his man, slipped the pass to Handscomb and powerful centre Mark Bolger was on hand to crash over the line. Middleton once again converted from the corner.

Wibsey’s second rower Liam Mitchell forced his way over, Redman’s conversion making it 12-6 at the break.

The Warriors, coming down the slope, were really rolling foeward and player-coach Casanove capitalised on his team’s hard work and smashed his way over the line, Spivey adding the extras.

Prop Dan Kelly followed Casanove’s example and blasted over the line.

Wibsey never gave up and stand off Andrew Cumberworth sold the dummy and went over to reduce the deficit to 22-10.

This was just a brief interruption to Whitehall’s onslaught as Joe Fee, James Spivey and John Sagar brought the ball forward.

Wibsey were mesmerised as the ball swung through the hands of David Spivey, Casanove and Alex Scargill and finally the blistering pace of Handscomb sealed another try.

Casanove capped an outstanding personal performance as he created the gap for David Spivey, who kicked the conversion to crown another excellent personal performance.