AIREBOROUGH claimed their first home win of the season by beating South Yorkshire team Sheffield Medics 19-0 on Saturday.

The Yeadon-based team, who last week beat top of the league Harrogate Pythons, embraced the biting weather conditions once again and stunned the crowds with a strong 80-minute performance to earn a well-deserved win.

Following their bounce back after a shaky start to the season, the team brought new confidence to the pitch resulting in an impressive show of defence.

Last week’s man of the match Nick Holdsworth was the first to get a score on the board, followed by this week’s man of the match Jonny Mackey, whose persistent threat to the left flank paid off as he scored in the corner, leaving Aireborough up 12-0 in the first half.

Thanks to a mixture of individual errors and poor passing from Sheffield, Aireborough took advantage by winning the visitors' line-out on numerous occasions, increasing their chances of scoring again.

Despite the opposition pushing back, Simon Hill got the ball down under a heap of tacklers setting Holdsworth up for the final try of the game and putting the score at 19-0 as the final whistle blew.

Aireborough head coach Si Davies said: “There’s a massive credit due to our defence, as the guys worked extremely hard and battled through a tough 80 minutes.”

“The control that the team showed out on the pitch was fantastic to see considering where we were four weeks ago, and by using the forwards a lot more than we have been doing we've upped our game.”

Aireborough’s victory moves them one place above Sheffield into 11th place as they host Thornensians this Saturday. Kick-off is at 2.15pm.