Rugby Union: Wharfedale overrun on day one as first-half injuries take their toll

Sandal's Jimmy Stewart takes on the Preston Grasshoppers' defence. PIC: Paul Butterfield
Sandal's Jimmy Stewart takes on the Preston Grasshoppers' defence. PIC: Paul Butterfield

Wharfedale crashed 41-15 in a tough opener at Macclesfield in National Two North.

Toms Asejevs scored an early converted try to give Wharfedale the lead, but first-half injuries to James Mehen and Ben Booth took their toll and they trailed at half-time.

Sandal's Cameron Bainbridge is put under pressure by George Skofic of Preston Grasshoppers. PIC: Paul Butterfield

Sandal's Cameron Bainbridge is put under pressure by George Skofic of Preston Grasshoppers. PIC: Paul Butterfield

Lewis Barker and Ryan Parkinson both scored a brace for the hosts and despite a second-half try from Jack Barnard and a penalty from Tom Barrett, it was Macclesfield who took maximum points in their first game after relegation from National One last season.

Huddersfield were unlucky to go down 44-36 at South Leicester, while Otley also lost out, 42-21 at home against Stourbridge. And Sheffield Tigers were beaten 38-5 at Dore Moor by Sedgley Park.

Ilkley were 20-16 winners over Kendal in the North Premier League with tries from scrum-half Jack Mapleston and flanker Joe Lowes, but they could have scored much more.

An injury-time try from Luke Edwards helped Harrogate win 21-20 at Billingham.

Three penalties from Luke White was all they could muster as Billingham led 20-9 early in the second half. But Olly Rosillo’s try was converted, and Edwards’ late effort snatched the win.

Elsewhere, Morley lost out 37-15 at home against Lymm, while Pocklington were beaten 48-3 at Wirral and Sandal lost 26-24 at home to Preston.

A hat-trick from Danny Booth was not enough to prevent West Leeds falling to a 28-26 defeat at Bridlington in North One East, the hosts fighting back from a 14-7 deficit at half-time.

Cleckheaton lost out 38-20 at Penrith, while Dinnington were beaten 28-19 at home against Percy Park and Malton and Norton were beaten 41-12 by hosts Northern.

Moortown ran in five tries as they won 31-16 over Selby in Yorkshire One, as did Hullensians who beat Bradford Salem 25-18.

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