Club rugby: Bonus-point victory eases relegation fears for freescoring Otley

Otley try scorer, Robbie Davidson.
Otley try scorer, Robbie Davidson.
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Otley secured a crucial bonus-point victory to ease their relegation fears after running out 40-17 winners over Blaydon in National Two North.

The two sides started the day level on points but Otley’s win moved them further away from the relegation zone and four points clear of Blaydon.

Harrogate try scorer, Oli Rosillo.

Harrogate try scorer, Oli Rosillo.

Mike Coady and lock Brett Mitchell touched down early on, and hooker Joe Graham added a third in the second half. A penalty try helped Otley clinch the win.

Elsewhere, tries from Robbie Davidson and Oli Cicognini, as well as eight points for Tom Barrett, were not enough to earn Wharfedale the points as they lost 29-18 at Stourbridge.

It was truly a game of two halves in the North Premier as Hull let a 17-0 half-time lead slip at home to Yorkshire rivals Harrogate with the game ending in a 24-24 draw.

Hull’s prop Mike Dias put the home side in the driving seat early on with a try after just six minutes, and 20 minutes later hooker Tom Rice crashed over to double the lead.

Red-carded Sandal full-back, Jack Townend.

Red-carded Sandal full-back, Jack Townend.

In time added on at the end of the opening half, centre Alex Heard scored a try and Steve Johnson added the conversion to make the second half look like a formality.

However, Harrogate came out fighting after the restart and scored through Coser with White converting.

Hull steadied the ship through Liam Regardso, converted by Johnson, but then Harrogate came back with a vengeance, scoring tries through subs Andy Boyd and Tim Harvey with one converted by White.

Then in the dying seconds of the game Oli Rosillo popped up to score a try and tie the scores.

Elsewhere, Pocklington were on the wrong end of a 47-6 score line against Kendal and Ilkley lost 17-5 to Billingham.

Sandal let a 17-3 lead slip after having full-back Jack Townend sent off as they lost to Morley 24-17.