Aire out of the Vase - By Jonny Witfield
By Si Davies
Aireborough lose at home to Wensleydale
Aireborough are out of the Yorkshire Vase after losing 31-0 to Wensleydale in Saturday's second-round tie at Nunroyd Park.
The hosts were dominated throughout and failed to score a point, while two scores in either half were enough to see their North Yorkshire opponents advance.
The game began in drizzly conditions, which perhaps explained Wensleydale fly-half Carl Burnett's decision to opt for a penalty kick in the opening five minutes after Aire were penalised.
Following the three-pointer, however, both sides failed to settle into the contest and chances were wasted at either end.
Aire made a break down the right but the ball ended up in touch, while Wensleydale's Daniel Storr had two chances down his right-hand side, only to drop the ball on both occasions.
The opening try came from a scrum deep inside the hosts' 22, after which Wensleydale second-row Oliver Metcalfe bundled over the line, taking an opponent with him.
After the restart, the Wolfpack continued to struggle in attack, with errors from lineouts restricting their chances.
The second try of the half followed from a poor pass by Aireborough. Wensleydale took the ball upfield and spread it left, before getting over in the corner. Burnett Converted to make it 17-0 at the break.
The first 20 minutes after the interval was Aireborough's best in the game, but no tries were scored despite their efforts.
The Wolfpack's tackling and effort improved in that period, which included a strong shot which saw Wensleydale lose possession.
But errors from lineouts had not been eradicated, and Aire ran out of steam following the third try.
Wensleydale hooker Mark Dixon was the recipient of a move down the right and he got over, before the try was converted to make it 24-0.
The final try of the afternoon was scored under the sticks by Burnett, before another conversion took Wensleydale into their thirties.