Green keeps his nerve to lift Ionians
RUGBY UNION: A penalty from Isaac Green in the last minute ensured Hull Ionians scraped a 37-36 victory at relegation rivals Rosslyn Park and boosted their battle to avoid the drop in National One.
The lead changed hands five times in a dramatic match which leaves the Yorkshire side still fourth bottom with two matches to play, but with three teams going down at the end of the season they are still not safe.
Ionians took a 25-7 lead into half time, primarily due to the boot of scrum-half Isaac Green who kicked three penalties while there were two tries from centre Lewis Minikin.
Rosslyn Park came back into the game with four tries of their own in the second half before a Rikki Stout try on 77 minutes followed yet another penalty from Green in the last minute helped Ionians win.
Rejuvenated Wharfedale beat fourth-placed Hinckley 44-19 in National 2 North to continue their fight to avoid the drop.
Second row Kieren Frost led the six-try demolition with two of his own with Phil Woodhead, Oliver Cicognini and fly-half Tom Barnett adding to a penalty try. The bonus point win means Wharfedale can still escape relegation with two games to spare.
Otley climbed two places in the table with a 17-12 win at bottom of the table Sheffield helped boost their hopes of avoiding the drop – while Sheffield face a tough final three games if they are to escape relegation.
Tries from winger Paul Petchey and full-back Tom Hodson, plus both conversions and a penalty from scrum-half Joe Rowntree, helped Otley take the points.
Huddersfield moved up to sixth place in the table on the back of a 31-10 win over Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Tigers, who drop to fifth bottom and are not yet safe from the drop.