On a surprisingly cold wet night Ensians 2nds travelled up to Nunroyd Park to face Aireborough 1st XV in the 1st round of the Aire/Wharfe Cup.
With no referee arriving, the kick-off was delayed causing the game to drag on well into dusk. ‘Ensians’ coach Harrison Marshall initially stepped in as temporary referee with Aireborough officials coaxing one of their members away from his evening meal to take over 20 minutes later.
‘Ensians faced a much younger and better-organised Aireborough 1st XV and, despite a lovely try15 minutes into the game as Rob Lofthouse sliced his way through, the visitors couldn’t stem the constant attack from Aireborough who moved the ball well.
The scrums were well-matched, but poor handing in the backs plagued both teams throughout the game. The first half was tightly contested and finished at 15-7 in the home side’s favour.
Simply with youth and experience on their side, Aireborough steadily increased their lead in the second half adding a further 26 points taking the score to 41-7 at full time.