Grasshop­pers march on af­ter fight­back

The Rugby Paper - - National League 3 Feature -

LEAGUE lead­ers Pre­ston

Grasshop­pers had to come from be­hind to beat third place Har­ro­gate 3216 at Rud­ding Lane.

Jon Croser was the try scorer for the home side, con­verted by Luke White who also kicked three penal­ties for the Lan­cashire side PJ Mel­lia, Sam Scott, Niall Crosley and Alex Hurst went over for tries with Jake Squir­rel adding three con­ver­sions and two penal­ties.

Sec­ond place Lymm ran in ten tries in their 66-0 mauling of Pock­ling­ton. Joe De­man racked up a hat-trick, Richard McEvoy went in for two with Cor­mack Nolan, Joe Wat­son, Jake Ashall, Oli Hig­gin­son and Ali Souther­land adding one each, Nolan suc­cess­ful with eight con­ver­sions. Hull take over from Har­ro­gate in third af­ter see­ing off Ilk­ley 3125 in an all-York­shire clash at Chanter­lands Av­enue. Lee Birch, Tom Tu­nami, Steve Hi­heta and Joe Stafford were the home try scor­ers. They also forced a penalty try with Reece Dean adding two con­ver­sions. Ben McGee, El­liott Mor­gan, Tom Mil­ner and Charles Mor­gan crossed for Ilk­ley, Mor­gan also suc­cess­ful with one con­ver­sion and a drop goals. Billing­ham were re­sound­ing 64-3 win­ners at home to Kirkby Lons­dale. Danny Dixon and Peter Evans led the way with two tries apiece, Joe Evans, Don McAl­lo­rum, Tom Briggs, Sean Wal­lace, Martin Ho­p­ley and Sean Richard­son all cross­ing the white­wash. Dan Fin­ney landed seven con­ver­sions.

Rossendale re­turned to win­ning ways by beat­ing

Mor­ley 12-19 at Scratch­ers Lane. Jack Ward, Reece Tomkins and Cur­tis Strong were the Rossendale try scor­ers with Louis Allen kick­ing two con­ver­sions. Mor­ley scored tries through Dar­ryl Grif­fiths and Andy Ellis with Mark Ch­esters adding one con­ver­sion.

An­other close-run game saw Ken­dal edge it 34-30 away to San­dal. James El­lar, Si­mon Frewin and Steve Nolan were the home try scor­ers with Greg Wood knock­ing over a con­ver­sion and two penal­ties. Wir­ral ran out 31-27 vic­tors over Birken­head Park in a tense af­fair at Thorn­ton Com­mon, a con­verted try deep into time added on the de­cid­ing fac­tor.

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