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Ovenden book place in Yorkshire Cup final

Ovenden's Shaun Smith in action against North Hull Knights
Ovenden's Shaun Smith in action against North Hull Knights

Ovenden progressed to the Bartletts Yorkshire Cup final with a hard fought yet convincing 34-14 win over Hull Premier Division Leaders North Hull Knights.

With conditions against them, Ovenden pulled out all the stops to get this match on with volunteers working on the pitch from early Saturday before the 10am pitch inspection.

Both teams deserved credit for the standard of rugby played in the conditions, both teams throwing the ball around and trying to spread play at every opportunity.

Ovenden’s tries came from a Graham Charlesworth brace, Jake Kennedy, Matt Dawson, Nathan Brown, Sean Smith and Dean Robertshaw.

Niall Brady kicked four goals and Robertshaw was man of the match.

The club’s coach, talented Hull FC back Jake Connor, only took sole charge from club mainstay Steve Taylor during the summer.

“I don’t think Ovenden have ever been to the final or won the Yorkshire Cup before, so it’s a massive achievement for those lads,” said 23 year old Connor..

“I’m pleased for them; it’s my amateur club, I’ve friends in that team and I want them to do well.

“I helped Steve a bit last year and then took it up on my own this year.

“I think I’ve got a good understanding of the game and it’s good to pass that on; it’s even better when they take it on board and put it into practice like they have been doing.

“We’re having a decent season and hopefully it’s going to get better.”

The Pennine League side will play either Lock Lane or East Leeds in the final at Featherstone on January 20, a change from the original date of December 30.