IN-FORM Selby RUFC’s clash with Yorkshire One leaders Ilkley ended in a 0-0 stalemate in atrocious conditions.
Heavy rain started to fall ten minutes before kick off at Sandhill Lane and continued for much of the first half, ruining what promised to be a showpiece game for the Swans.
Ilkley had the first opportunity to put points on the board after Selby were penalised for going in at the side after three minutes, but fly-half Josh Kimber pushed the penalty wide. The next 30 minutes belonged to Selby, but all the home side’s pressure failed to break the deadlock.
Ilkley then started to dominate and threatened to score in the corner after 37 minutes, but a great try-saving tackle from flanker Rihi Brown saved the Swans.
The visitors were held up over the Selby try line on two occasions immediately before half-time.
Ilkley had the better of the second half but rarely threatened the Selby line. They had the opportunity to win the game on 64 minutes after the Selby forwards were penalised for not binding correctly, but Kimber’s penalty hit an upright.
Selby spurned the chance of a try on 73 minutes when they followed up a kick from man of the match Dan Porter.
The Ilkley full-back was caught on the try line, but the referee penalised Selby for offside and awarded Ilkley a further ten metres for complaints about the decision.
Selby, who travel to York tomorrow (7.30pm) in the quarter-finals of the Yorkshire Shield, slipped a place to fifth in the table after Wath-on-Dearne’s 16-11 win at York.
Wath took the lead with a Tom Quinn penalty after York lost a scrum in front of their own posts.
After a telling rolling maul Wath conceded a penalty in their own 22 and York’s Charlie Young evened the scores.
The hosts went ahead after Rich Downey broke from halfway and put Billy Cakaunitabua in at the corner.
Four minutes later, it was 8-8 as Wath’s Steve Mason crashed over in the corner.
Midway through the second half, York were caught offside and Quinn kicked a penalty in front of the posts.
However, the hosts refused to give up and, after solid drives into Wath territory, a penalty was conceded and Young kicked his second goal.
Young then pushed another penalty just wide of the posts from an awkward angle.
In the final stages, Mason crashed over in the corner for his second try.