Rugby Union: Hodson piles on points as Otley win consolidates league status

Otley points scorer Tom Hodson.
Otley points scorer Tom Hodson.
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Otley consolidated their position in National Two North when they handed Luctonians, the team immediately above them, a 42-22 beating at Cross Green.

Tom Hodson was in irresistible form for Otley as he scored three tries and kicked six conversions. Scrum-half Max Johnson and Simon Willet also got their names on the scoresheet with their other points coming from a penalty try.

Struggling Wharfedale were edged out 18-13 in their home match against second-placed Sale, with Tom Barrett scoring their only try and kicking the conversion and two penalties.

Front row Tom Larder scored Harrogate’s only try of the match as they went down 14-7 at Sedgley Park.

There were some great tries as Sandal took a 36-18 win over Kendal in National Three North.

Prop Alex Edler scored two catch-and-drive tries and full-back Tom Coad also weighed in with a brace, one of them being a spectacular effort.

Elsewhere Hull ran out 24-15 winners at Yorkshire rivals Cleckheaton, while Morley were narrowly beaten 30-25 by in-form Firwood Waterloo.

Two length of the pitch tries by full-back Ben Magee helped Ilkley to a 29-22 win at Doncaster Phoenix. Alex Keeton, Doncaster’s hooker, also touched down twice.

Yorkshire One leaders Bridlington ran in seven tries to one in a 49-6 home victory over Bradford Salem.

Although Keighley won 17-13 at Selby, they were overtaken by West Leeds who moved into second place when they scored six tries in a 45-18 home win over tailenders Acklam.

West Leeds took their seventh win from 10 games with a 45-18 defeat of basement club Acklam. Winger Jack Marshall scored two of West Leeds’ tries and Kier Brakwell hit six conversions and a penalty.

Runaway Yorkshire Two leaders Moortown were held to a 17-14 winning margin at Ripon.

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