OLD Grovians earned their first ever away win against Thornensians on Saturday, winning 26-12 and bouncing back well from the previous week's drubbing at the hands of Old Rishworthians.

Grovians turned up looking confident and focused for this Yorkshire Two clash and this was realised in the first 10 minutes as they flew into a two try lead.

Alex Masterson powerfully defeated three defenders to go over and straight from the kick off, he found full back Max Kennedy. He beat two men, kicked ahead and outpaced his opposite man to dot down next to the posts. Ben Brown converted both scores. Groves' errors and ill discipline then gave Thorne ground, with which they scored a try of their own in the corner from a speculative cross field kick.

This sparked the Grovians back into life and their continuous pressure told. After six penalties at the scrum in the danger zone, the Thorne prop eventually got a yellow card.

From the resulting scrum, Groves took Thorne by surprise by moving the ball into the backs, Masterson once again broke the line to score the try and Brown converted to make it 21-5 to the visitors at the interval.

Thorne came back full of energy and keen to overturn their poor first half. With 20 minutes left they found themselves on a break away and utilised the overlap to score and convert to make it 21-12.

Almost straight from kick off, Grovians' Jack Hartley had to race 50 metres to tackle the Thorne centre into touch two metres short of a certain try. From the resulting line out, Grovians managed to clear their lines and that was the turning point in the game.

With the rain now coming in sideways, the last 15 minutes of the game was played in Thorne’s half and as a last throw of the dice, Grovians went wide.

Masterson's bounce pass found Martyn Mitchell, who powered over with three tacklers on him to somehow dot down in the corner and secure the bonus point.