Reserves 52-16 York City Knights

Date published: Sunday, April 17, 2011

WINGER Eddie Vaughan and replacement forward Alex Thompson caught the eye as Roughyeds Reserves blitzed York City Knights 52-16 at Whitebank on Saturday to pick up their third win in five league outings.

Vaughan scored one of his side’s two first-half tries from the wing and then played equally well in the second half at full-back after Stephen Nield had gone off with concussion.

York couldn’t contain Thompson in the second half when the former Warrington Wolves forward played a prominent role in the build-up to several Roughyeds tries as well as scoring one himself.

Half-back Jamie Dallimore also enhanced his growing reputation, both in general play and in landing eight goals from ten attempts from all over the field.

Roughyeds, strengthened by the inclusion of centre Jack Bradbury and prop Liam Gilchrist, scored nine tries by Liam Brookes (2), Thompson, Michael Cadd, Michael Ward, Neild, Vaughan, Bradbury and Alistair Williams.

The half-time score was 12-12, but Oldham got well on top in the second half after York had a man sent off in the 46th minute for an illegal challenge on two-try Brookes.

“That was the turning point,” said Roughyeds boss John Hough. “We scored at regular intervals after that and played some good rugby, helped by strict discipline and sound set completion.

“We needed to tighten up on discipline after conceding 15 penalties in our previous game against Halifax. We were penalised only twice in this game, and that was pleasing.

“It was a good performance from 1 to 17. Jack Bradbury and Liam Gilchrist joined us from the first team and came with a positve attitude and a desire to do well.”

Team: Nield; Vaughan, Williams, Bradbury, Brookes; Connick, Dallimore; Langtree, Mansfield, Bland, Ward, Dean, Marsden. Subs: Barber, Cadd, Gilchrist, Thompson.