WIBSEY were coasting to an easy Yorkshire Division Four (North West) home win over Bramley. They were 31-10 in front after 64 minutes when a horror injury to a visiting player brought proceedings to a premature halt.

The hosts had edged in front at half-time thanks to an Andy Robinson penalty and converted tries from James Brown and Michael Kite.

When the elusive Kyle Carter crossed the whitewash twice in the second half, the game was virtually over as a contest, but Bramley soon had more to worry about than the scoreline.

Wibsey chairman Steve Brooke explained: "I was on the far side of the pitch but I just saw their lad's ankle floating about.

"Both physios were on in a flash and the Bramley chairman is a trained paramedic so he raced down and popped the dislocated ankle back into place.

"The referee abandoned the match straight away and it's going to committee to see whether the result will stand.

"There's a 60-minute rule when it comes to abandoned games, and we played about 64, but that applies for the weather. If it's a player, it will always go to committee.

"Because the result wasn't really in any doubt, I'm fairly confident the win will stand."

Brooke was confident that victory was in the bag by the interval, and he said: "We usually finish teams off in the second half with our superior fitness.

"I always say if we can keep within one score at half-time, we'll win. We were already ahead by then and I knew we'd stretch that lead with the wind behind us in the second half."

Wibsey, who still lead the league by five points from Knaresborough, face Halifax at Ovenden Park on Saturday, but Brooke admitted there is little riding on the clash.

He explained: "The league is about to split, with the top four in our division going into a league with the top four in Yorkshire Four (South East).

"Halifax aren't in the mix for when we split into North and South and our points from this game won't carry over into the new league, as only our results against the rest of the top four will count.

"We still want to remain unbeaten in this first phase of the season, but I think Saturday will be a chance for a few fringe players to get a run out.

"After the split, we only play home and away against the teams from the South, not the teams we've already faced. We'll probably start second in that league as Ossett have won every game, whereas we drew at Knaresborough."