In-form Hollismen move up to fifth after victory
HORNSEA produced a rusty performance but still got the job done as they beat Yorkshire Four strugglers Knaresborough 44-7.
In the early stages the two sides looked evenly matched, as Hornsea were far from their best and drives from the Knaresborough forwards worried the defence without scoring any points.
Hornsea went ahead through Tim Atkin, who scored an unconverted try on the blind side, but the remainder of the first half saw knock-ons and errors commonplace before a penalty gave the Hollismen a lead of 8-0 at the interval.
Hornsea knew their game had to improve considerably and Naylor added three points from a penalty.
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Hornsea pressured the Knaresborough back line relentlessly.
A darting run by centre Steve Crook broke the line and the supporting Jack Backhouse collected Crook's off-load to touch down near the posts, converted by Naylor.
Martyn Pace increased the lead with a move which started in Hornsea's own 22 metres. A mark was taken following a Knaresborough high kick, the ball was then shipped through to Pace who ran 60 metres, beating the winger and full-back to score the first of his try hat-trick.
As Knaresborough tired and gaps opened up, Hornsea took advantage.
A cross-field run by Wadforth created a large overlap for Wilkinson to score in the corner and he did well to beat the touchline and the Knaresborough defence.
Knaresborough continued to battle on and caught the Hornsea defence napping with a well-deserved try.
But Pace added two more tries to secure a hat-trick and an away win for the Hollismen.
Player-coach Crook was delighted to see his side rise to fifth in the league table and said: "We weren't at our best following a three-week lay-off because of the bad weather, but we got the win we wanted.
"After scoring 26 points from our last seven games we are now away from the drop zone but we must build on that next Saturday at home to Mosborough."
HORNSEA'S second XV beat their Hessle counterparts 60-0.
A 10-try rout ensued with McBeth, Mapfumo, Morley, Dearing, Richards, Chester, Pooley, Felice and Hildreth (2) all crossing to score.