Wharfedale edge tight con­test and Hud­der­s­field rally to win

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY UNION -

WHARFEDALE con­tin­ued their 2018 resur­gence with their third vic­tory in four games, run­ning out 22-20 win­ners at home to Ch­ester in Na­tional Two North to climb up to 13th in the ta­ble.

It was a tight game through­out, the sides level 12-12 at the break thanks to a brace of tries from Wharfedale winger Char­lie Gra­ham and one con­ver­sion for Tom Bar­rett.

The sides traded penal­ties in the early stages of the sec­ond half be­fore lock Kieran Frost pow­ered over for the hosts.

Bar­rett again added the ex­tras and put Wharfedale 22-15 in front.

Ch­ester hit back with a try of their own 15 min­utes from time, but the hosts held on.

Hud­der­s­field ral­lied from a first-half deficit to take a bonus point 30-18 vic­tory at Luc­to­ni­ans.

Sec­ond row Austen Thomp­son and left-winger Bran­don Con­way both crossed twice, with hooker Fran­cis En­tres­sen­gle and scrum- half Joe Hinch­liffe weigh­ing in with a try apiece.

Sh­effield moved off the bot­tom of the ta­ble af­ter a tight 10-3 vic­tory over South Le­ices­ter.

Sec­ond row Dave Clay­den scored the game’s only try in the first half, Steve De­pledge adding the ex­tras for a 7-0 Sh­effield lead at the break.

De­pledge then ex­tended the ad­van­tage with a suc­cess­ful penalty 13 min­utes from time, and although the vis­i­tors kicked a penalty in the last ten min­utes, Sh­effield held on.

Otley fell to de­feat at the hands of Le­ices­ter Lions, the vis­i­tors tak­ing vic­tory by five points in a 25-20 game.

Lions led 25-7 at the break with a Thomas Hod­son try, con­verted by Joe Rown­tree, giving Otley a base to build on af­ter the break.

De­spite tries from Brett Mitchell and Michael Coady in the sec­ond half, the hosts just came up short, set­tling for a los­ing bonus point.

Mean­while, Jamie Broadley was the stand-out man again for Sh­effield Tigers as he scored a hat-trick.

But it proved to be in vain as they came away from Tynedale empty-handed, fall­ing to a 71-20 de­feat.

Winger Sam Rees scored a hat-trick for Hull Io­ni­ans in their Na­tional One clash at Esher, but they also lost, go­ing down 38-27.

The vis­i­tors were 26-3 be­hind in­side the first half, Tom James and Ben Loader among the scor­ers for the hosts who se­cured their bonus point.

James Newman crossed for Io­ni­ans just be­fore the break and Rees’s sec­ond-half trio did help Io­ni­ans take a point from the game.

But fur­ther tries for Stephen Boat­man and Hugo Sec­combe wrapped up the win for the hosts.

There were two all-York­shire ties in the North Premier League, with third-placed Hull com­ing through a tough game against Mor­ley to win 15-5.

Cen­tre Joe Martin opened the scor­ing for Hull on 34 min­utes and full-back Lee Birch scored a stun­ning sec­ond-half try, run­ning in from 55 yards.

Two min­utes from time Mor­ley’s Oli Flagg forced his way over from a rolling maul, but Hull had the last say with Steve John­son con­vert­ing a late penalty.

Else­where San­dal se­cured a com­fort­able 21-3 win at Ilk­ley, the vis­i­tors as­sert­ing them­selves on the fix­ture early with two Greg Wood penal­ties and a Si­mon Frewin try giving them an 11-3 half-time lead.

It was more of the same in the sec­ond half as a con­verted James Ste­wart try and another penalty from Wood rounded off vic­tory.

With the top two in North One East los­ing on Satur­day, Bridling­ton and West Leeds both seized the op­por­tu­nity to close the gap with im­pres­sive away wins.

Bridling­ton moved third in the ta­ble af­ter a 43-17 bonus point vic­tory on the road at North­ern.

West Leeds won 26-22 at Percy Park with lock Ge­orge Car­pen­ter crash­ing through on the last play of the game to snatch vic­tory.

Kier Break­well had scored West Leeds’s other try ear­lier in the sec­ond half and the rest of their points came from the boot of Dale Break­well, who con­verted four penal­ties.

De­spite the win, West Leeds fell two places to fifth in the ta­ble, but the top five are now sep­a­rated by just four points.

PIC­TURE: ANDY MAY

DOU­BLING HIS EF­FORTS: Sec­ond row Austen Thomp­son scored two tries as Hud­der­s­field de­feated Luc­to­ni­ans.

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