TYNEDALE Raiders continued their recent free scoring form with an emphatic 48-12 victory over visitors Ilkley.

The November fixture at Ilkley had been a hard fought victory for the Raiders, with the result in doubt until the last few minutes.

However, despite several regular players being absent, the Raiders were on top form. A try from the Ilkley kick-off from winger Rory Dixon set the tone.

The forwards were dominant in the loose, with strong runs from Peter Forrester causing disarray in the Ilkley defence.

The Ilkley No. 8 caused problems with his dynamic pick up and runs from scrums, but his teammates failed to support him and the Raiders were even able to capitalise on quick turnover ball.

Last week’s man of the match, hooker Ed Craney, continued his good form getting to the breakdowns quickly and insuring good ball which the backs used to good effect to score six first half tries.

Four of these were touched down by Rory Dixon for a 36-5 half time lead.

The second half continued in similar vein, with the ball being run at every opportunity although the Raiders were not as clinical with their finishing.

Man of the match Finlay McGowan was prominent at No. 8 with his intelligent offloading and high work rate.

Ilkley made several hard tackles and certainly made the Raiders work for every point. But, despite the cold muddy conditions, the Raiders handling was assured and more tries followed.

Young fly half Cameron Grant controlled the game well and was rewarded with two tries.

Although the backs took most of the glory scores, it was the forwards who put in the graft with all contributing to another good performance from a very young team.

Next up is the local clash with Blaydon who the Raiders defeated comfortably at Christmas.