Wheatley Hills 5
MORLEY produced a superb first half display which left North One East promotion favourites Wheatley Hills completely shellshocked.
The Maroons produced some scintillating rugby to lead 26-0 after 28 minutes and added a further 10 points in the first 10 minutes of the second half to take a commanding lead.
Hills had been undefeated until their last match against Beverley when they had been without talismanic ex-Wakefield scrum-half Dave Scully and the league’s top try scorer with 17 tries, No8 Gareth Burns.
Morley were without top try scorers, Mark Cook and Simon Bradshaw but showed their intent from the start.
Surging runs from Gyasi, Frantzis and Stevenson had Wheatley on the back foot and only desperate defending prevented Peter Dadswell from being driven over.
From a penalty, Morley opted for a catch and drive and Will Smyth fed Sean Dadswell, who raced through thegap and over the line. Mark Chester added the first of his four conversions.
Despite the Maroons losing Paul Gabriel to the sin bin after five minutes for pulling down a maul, they continued to dominate.
Gyasi and Karl Bradshaw on the wings were causing problems with Frantzis and Hayes adding flair and power down the centre.
Full-back Stevenson created an overlap and sent Gyasi racing down the touchline and he dived in at the corner for the the first of two tries.Chester’s conversion attempt hit the post.
Morley’s back row of Pete Dadswell, Tom Moody and Steve Costello were quicker to the ball.
Moody took a Chester pass, Karl Bradshaw carried the ball on and Hanson and Ashford recycled it before quick passing from Hayes, Frantzis and Stevenson gave Gyasi an easy try.
Sculley threw an ambitious long pass but Hayes plucked it out of the air and ran in from 30 meters to touch down behind the posts for the fourth try and bonus point. Chester made no mistake with the goal to put Morley 26-0 up.
Wheatley tried desperately to get back into the game and used the formidable power of their pack to try and hit back but Morley’s defence was sound.
A half-time lead of 28-0 was more than Morley could have hoped for but they were still not finished. Aggressive defence from Moody caused the ball to run loose and Hayes hacked on but was cynically held back before he could score but the immediately ran between the posts to signal a penalty try which Chester converted and added a penalty when foul play brought another promising move to an end.
Wheatley’s only opportunity in the deepening gloom came after Moody was sin-binned for a technical offence and Hills trundled over from a catch and drive, with Dan Undy claiming the try.
Substitutes Dave Green, Sam Brown and Bradley Marshall, contributed to the entertainment in the last 10 minutes and will be in the reckoning for Morley’s next match at Old Crossleyans.