Barnsley RUFC made an excellent start to life in Yorkshire League One on Saturday as they beat visitors York 35-22 at Shaw Lane.
Captain Dave Reed scored Barnsley’s first try of the season in the eighth minute when the forwards powered over following a scrum. Josh Smith missed the conversion attempt but soon added a penalty to put his side 8-0 ahead.
York fought back to take a 10-8 lead as their fly-half Ben Johnson scored a penalty, a try and a conversion. Barnsley regained the lead on 35 minutes when winger Andy Smith went over and Josh Smith converted to make it 15-10 at the break.
Josh Smith increased the hosts’ lead early in the second half with two penalties. He then slotted a conversion to make it 28-10 on 56 minutes after man of the match Andrew Appleyard scored the first of two excellent individual tries.
But two minutes later York got their second try through Jim Rossington. It was not converted.
Appleyard completed his brace on 71 minutes to put Barnsley 35-15 ahead and the hosts won comfortably despite conceding a converted try in the final minute.
“It was a great start and we just carried on from where we left off last season,” said coach Mark Smith.
“York finished fifth last season and people were talking about them getting promoted so it was good to beat them. Naturally we went into the match with a little bit of trepidation but we will take a lot of confidence from beating a good side.”