Sheffield Oaks kicked off 2016 with the short trip to local rivals Rotherham Clifton on a bitterly cold afternoon.
Having faltered before Christmas a strong Oaks squad took the lead within two minutes from the boot of Callum Schofield. Clear chances were few and far between in the first half, but Clifton converted a penalty while down to 14 men to make it 3 a piece at half time.
After turning came Oaks’ best period with a number of forays coming close to the try line and resulting in a further two yellow cards for the home team. Tries were not the order of the day though, and the only score came from a monster penalty, again from Schofield.
The final twenty was a scrappy affair with both teams turning ball over at the breakdown, and after missing two more penalties, the Rotherham kicker pushed the last kick of the game wide to hand the Oaks a much needed win. Final score 6-3, and definitely an afternoon for the purists.
Oaks host Burley at Niagara this Saturday (2:15pm ko) in another must-win encounter.