Double delight for Kelly

Sheffield RUFC captain Andy Kelly training evening
Sheffield RUFC captain Andy Kelly training evening

Skippers in harmony, at least on the field.

That was the scenario for Sheffield rugby union club’s Andy Kelly and his opposite number at Tigers, Andy Barnes.

Kelly ran in two tries as his side returned to match action with an emphatic 36-6 victory at Selby while Barnes did likewise at Dore Moor in the 45-9 beating of Hereford.

The Kelly double (from ‘two moments of brilliance!’) was just part of a six-try romp that opened up an 11 point gap between themselves and third-placed Keighley. Unfortunately, Yorkshire One leaders Malton and Norton don’t know the meaning of the word defeat as they made it 12 wins on the bounce to stay eight points clear of the Abbeydale club.

All that, of course, could change on January 29 when Sheffield play host to them at Abbeydale.

Before that Kelly’s men look to maintain the pressure in Saturday’s home clash against Scarborough followed by a trip to North Ribblesdale.

In the Selby match, unconverted tries from vice-captain Matt Poste and full back Ewan Reed plus two penalties from Donal Collins gave them a 16-6 half time lead. Kelly then got in on the act along with prop Tommy Marples and wing James Montgomery to seal a comfortable win.

Kelly said: “Considering how long it is since we played I thought we looked very sharp and I was really happy with the result.

“It was even more impressive considering we had a number of key players missing (Ryan Amos, Greg Hurst, Joe Cribley and Martin Balshaw among them) which should make Saturday’s team selection very interesting.”

Table: Malton and Norton pld 12 pts 56, Sheffield 12 48, Keighley 13 37, Heath 12 37, Knottingley 13 34, Nth Ribblesdale 12 32, York 12 28, Selby 13 27, Bridlington 13 25, Castleford 12 25, Scarborough 12 23, Ilkley 13 21, Dinnington 12 19, Bradford Salem 13 1.