Eatherley hat-trick as Moor storm to Pennine triumph

Dewsbury Moor 48

Westgate Wolves 8

DEWSBURY Moor stormed to victory on the first day of the new Pennine League Championship campaign.

The damage was done in a 20 minute second-half spell when Moor scored six tries. Andy Burland, Phil Simpson, Danny Wardman and Andrew Robinson tested the Westgate defence before Andrew Robinson sent full-back Ryan Johnston in for the first try.

Bartley O’ Brien set up Peter Robinson for a try, converted by James Eatherley and Westgate struggled to get out of their half as Ryan Johnson and back row men Chris Simpson, Damien Allenby and Tom Gledhill tested the Moor pack.

However, Scott Dyson claimed the ball off his own misfield and sent out a defence splitting pass to Steve McNamara to score unopposed.

Westgate scored their first try after good work by Casey Johnson, Alex Craig, and Mick Hoyle, Adam Grant’s cross field kick found Ross Roebuck to score on the right.

Before half-time Westgate doubled their tally when centre Adam Grant went over.

At the start of the second half Peter Robinson sent James Eatherley on a 70-metre run beating two defenders to score. Eatherley’s conversion made it 20-8.

Scrum-half Rob Senior then put in a neat grubber for Dyson to score near the posts. Eatherley added the extras before full-back Ryan Johnson was halted by a high tackle and from the penalty Dyson sent Eatherley in from 15metres out before he then converted.

After a brief respite for Westgate Dyson scooped up a loose Ball and sent Eatherley on a 70 metre gallop to seal his hat-trick. Another long range try came after Jake Richardson sent Johnson over and the conversion gave Moor a 42-8 lead.

Moor pressed ahead led by Burland and Phil Simpson and when the Westgate defence misfielded Chris Mortimer got on the scoresheet. Eatherley landed his sixth conversion .

The match was ended slightly early with score 48-8 when a Westgate player was injured.

On Saturday Moor’s Ladies Tag rugby team hold their awards night with Huddersfield Giants, Dewsbury Rams and Batley Bulldogs players in attendance. It starts at 7.30pm, and there will be a disco and magician. On Sunday Moor U17s host Hull Wyke (11.15am). The U16s visit Hunslet Parkside.