It had been 12 years since Ensians had been defeated by the Hull side, and with Hessle’s poor results this season, the home side were certainly the ‘bookies favourite’.
With only the top two teams moving up to Yorkshire 3, and only a handful of points at the top of the table, Rotherham, Halifax and Otliensians were all looking for convincing wins.
Halifax at Knaresborough, and Rotherham at Rowntrees. All three teams, were expected to win, but the real issue would be, by how much.
As expected Otliensians fielded a strong squad, and opened play with conviction.
Former hooker, Harry Wales opened the home sides impressive points tally minutes in. This week putting in a sterling performance on the right wing. Despite the swirling winds, Jake Bentley converting the first of his personal tally of 27 points..
Ensians scored a total of fourteen tries; Ollie Eaves, Jake Bentley, Harry Armitage, Ali Booth, Matt Ryan, two from Connor Bateman, Harry Wales and Noel Gillson, and a hat trick from speedy winger Will Howarth.
Regardless of the constant incursions from Ensians, Hessle played valiantly until the end. Pinning Ensians in their own ‘22 several times, but the home sides impressive defence held firm and denied Hessle a single point.
If the referee hadn’t blown up 5 minutes early, supporters could have witnessed Ensians second century of the season, but 92 points were enough to convince the referee the game had run its course.
Sadly Halifax also had a bumper weekend, with a 97 point win at Knaresborough, taking them to joint top with Rotherham. Otliensians only 3 points behind.
Next weeks home game against Rotherham, is certainly crucial for both teams chances of promotion.