Just days after picking up the National Rugby Awards Women’s Team of the Year trophy at the National Rugby Awards at Twickenham, Barnsley Ladies celebrated the fact with a resounding victory over Ashfield Ladies at Shaw Lane in front of a large crowd.
It was the ladies’ first competitive run out since their defeat against Lewes in the Junior Cup semi-final in March.
From the start, Barnsley demonstrated their strength and class of rugby, with powerful runners and well-executed set play.
Despite this, it was Ashfield who got the first score of the game.
However, that only served to spur Barnsley into action and from then onwards it was the home side who dominated the play, scoring 11 tries and converting five of them.
A well-worked driving maul from a lineout close to the Ashfield line resulted in a try for Dawn Woodcock, followed shortly after with a try for Ellie Frow – her first since March 2015 after being out of the game for after knee surgery.
Ashfield could not regain their grip on the game, nor deal with Barnsley’s consistent strong running.
A second try from Frow; tries from Sally Wenham, Hailey Swann and Sarah Carter; two from Katie England; a hat-trick for Amber Abdurrahman, who was making her first ever senior appearance; and five conversions from the boot of Alix Taylor meant Barnsley eased to a 65-7 victory.
The ladies start their league campaign in National Championship 2 North on Sunday when they travel to Darlington.