BAILDON earned their fifth win of the season in Yorkshire Three by beating fellow strugglers Halifax Vandals 27-3 at home.

Playing up the slope and into the wind in the first half, the Jenny Laners undid much of their own good work with forced passes early on.

Poor discipline, with silly offside and breakdown penalties, were also an issue, despite great communication from the whistler.

Simpler rugby in the second half and listening to the referee marked a massive improvement. Baildon were helped by a tiring Vandals who defended too narrowly, leaving space outside. The visitors also were unable to get effective exits from their own 22, allowing Baildon to kill the game.

Baildon's enthusiasm was clear from the first whistle with Kaine Mazurke collecting the kick off and launching some wonderful rugby with great interplay and support running.

Tom Parnell, Marcus Dracup, Adam Hewitt, James O'Ryan and Jake Duxbury all made yards.

The Vandals threat came from an effective scrum that weakened as the game progressed and a fantastic driving maul from line out ball.

Baildon indiscipline yielded the first points through a Vandals penalty kick at goal.

Duxbury had shown his class with a 60-metre run but Baildon errors saw them defending their own line again shortly afterwards.

The hosts continued to apply pressure and Josh Strauss linked with his brother Harrison Strauss. The move ended with Duxbury scuttling into the corner to score and adding the extras to put the Jenny Laners 7-3 up at the break.

Barely had the second half started when Danny Pollard made a break and fed Luke Strauss. Luke pinned back his ears and took the outside, sprinting 25 metres to score.

Chris Williams gave the conversion, but it was over-ruled by the referee after consultation with Duxbury who, with great sportsmanship, considered that the ball had drifted wide.

Pollard went on the charge, drawing the last defender and releasing Tom Cluett to cross for Baildon's third try.

Vandals were tiring as another Duxbury penalty saw them trailing 20-3.

Duxbury tormented further with a spinning, jinking run and dribble. A cross field kick from O'Ryan brought the bonus point try, but the recipient was the ever alert Duxbury.

With the bonus point secured, Baildon looked relaxed. Tom Stanley was on and played with composure. A Tom Craven counter ruck secured possession and when Vandals transgressed, Duxbury opted to take a penalty shot at goal. The kick drifted wide but Baildon played out to the final whistle.

They remain second bottom but are just four points behind Vandals.