BARNSLEY RUFC face a vital basement battle on Saturday after losing their first four games of the Yorkshire Division Three seasons.

The Shaw Laners were beaten 43-7 at Sheffield Medicals this week, so are second-bottom with two points from four games. Skipton, the only side below them with one point, are now due to visit Shaw Lane this weekend.

Head coach Jonathan Rickerby said: “It’s a big game. Skipton is always a massive challenge. We will be looking to get our first win against them but they will be thinking exactly the same.

“I still think we will make a dent in this league. We will pick up wins somewhere, but I don’t know where yet.

“The first win will be massive and it’s just a matter of time.

“We’re putting a team out every week which we weren’t last year.”

Simon Lau scored Barnsley’s try with Chris Peel converting.

“Sheffield Medicals are a very good side and they exploited every mistake we made. I think they will do well this year and they wouldn’t look out of place in Yorkshire Two.

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“We didn’t stick to our gameplan in the first half but our performance in the second half was encouraging.”

Wath won 52-19 at home to Bramley Phoenix in Yorkshire Division Two.

They are six points clear of the top having won all four games so far this season.

Joe Earp scored a hat-trick, Pat Selkirk touched down twice with Jake Keogh, Tony Kenney and Steve Mason also crossing. Jack Whitlam converted six of the eight tries. Wath visit Ripon tomorrow.

Barnsley Women won 21-19 at home to Buckingham Swans on Sunday in the Championship North. They bounced back from a 20-15 loss in the opening game at West Park Leeds the previous week.