YMCA fend off the drop with away win
HUDDERSFIELD YMCA secured their place in North One East for next season with an impressive 42-26 win at Norther.
The defeat consigned Northern to relegation while, with just one match remaining, YMCA have done enough to ensure their survival.
They complete their campaign on Saturday at Laund Hill when they take on West Hartlepool, who are battling to avoid the drop with Percy Park
Old Rishworthians notched a stunning 55-38 victory at home to Bradford Salem in Yorkshire One.
Rishworthians were brilliant in attack, gained a bonus point by halftime and opened the second period in style.
Then they took their foot off the pedal and allowed their opponents into the game, only to finish off strongly at the end.
Rishworthians threatened from the start, but Salem took every opportunity to run the ball and a fine move in their backs brought a converted try.
Then it was all Rishworthians and only Salem tackling held them out.
The pressure told and No8 Jack Andrews dived over before they took the lead, teenage fullback Sam Bake showing great pace to scoreand stand-off Josh Kelly added the first of six conversions.
Rishworthians burst out of defence before man of the match, flanker Harvey Keighley-Payne, took it on to score – Kelly converted.
Scrum half Ed Cockroft then spotted a gap and jinked over. Kelly converted to end the half.
From the restart Keighley-Payne put Andrews in for his second before getting a second himself and Kelly converted both.
Rishworthians were cruising at 40–7 until Salem got a converted try from an interception.
They hit straight back, with left wing Anthony Shoesmith scoring in the corner – Kelly converted.
Then Rishworthians went completely to sleep and Salem ran in three tries, two of which were converted.
Kelly steadied the ship with a penalty, but Salem refused to lie down and scored in the corner and Rishworthians ended the game with their eighth try, Shoesmith getting his second in the corner.