A positive start to 2017 with a strong victory at Dewsbury Rams for Chris Chester’s side after fielding 12 youngster’s from the u19s.
Trinity sailed into the lead, however the home side came fighting back but it wasn’t enough for the home side to steal the win resulting in two wins out of two for Trinity in the pre season friendlies.
The home side had the first chance of the game after two minutes, fortunately for Trinity the ball bounced awkwardly and Hamish Burns was unable to get on top of it.
Minutes later Trinity went down the other end in their first set, a grubber kick from Jacob Miller found Elliot Caine who got the ball down to go into the lead, Miller missed the conversion and Trinity were 4-0 ahead.
Trinity were close to extending the lead when a lovely flick from Ackroyd found Batchelor who got it over the line, however the referee pulled it up and gave a Dewsbury scrum.
It was like déjà vu, great play between Jacob Miller and Christan Ackroyd who then put the ball into Batchelor once again who finally got his try, Miller converted to make it 10-0 after 14 minutes.
Poor defensive display from the Rams after the ball bounced under Dale Morton and Batchelor was the first to act on the loose ball to put Trinity 16-0 in the lead.
Dewsbury got themselves back into the game after 20 minutes with two consecutive tries. The first when Dale Morton found a gap in Trinity’s defence after Sykes made the initial break. Sykes missed the conversion, and the home side trailed 4-16.
The second came from Hamish Barnes after another great display from Sykes who successfully converted to put them six points behind, 10-16.
The last ten minutes of the first half was end to end, both sides did their best to get more points onto the board, however it remained 10-16.
Fantastic 80m sprint from Elliot Caine after he intercepted the ball and grounded it to put Trinity further into the lead; Gibson was too short with the conversion, 10-20.
Another try for Dewsbury after an offload from Sykes found the hands of Jason Crookes, Sykes converts to put the home side back to six points behind on 16-20.
Smart work out from dummy half from Sam Blake and catches the Rams defence napping to dart over the line. James Batchelor successfully converts to put Trinity further into the lead on 26-16.
James Batchelor got over for his hat-trick after 66 minutes after another great pass from Ackroyd; unfortunately Batchelor was unable to convert.
Dewsbury pulled it back at the end of the second half with two consecutive tries. Both coming from Gareth Potts down the right wing, both attempts were right in the corner, Sykes only succeeded with one conversion, 26-30.
Full Time: Dewsbury Rams 26-30 Wakefield Trinity