Club rugby: Last-minute penalty provides first victory points for Otley

A last-minute penalty from Joe Rowntree saw Otley secure their first win of the season at Hinckley in National Two North.

Monday, 7th October 2019, 12:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 8th October 2019, 2:36 am
Match winner, Joe Rowntree.

The Yorkshire side ran out 17-14 winners in the Midlands, but the match could have gone either way.

After the home side had scored a converted try in the 24th minute, Otley hit back with second-row Simon Willet touching down seven minutes later and stand-off Ben Smith kicking the extras.

Hooker Joe Graham’s 40th minute try put Otley ahead and Smith’s conversion made it 14-7, but Hinckley’s second converted try on 73 minutes pulled them level.

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With two draws already this season Otley looked to be heading for another, but Rowntree’s late penalty gave them the win.

Wharfedale were narrow 20-19 winners over Preston Grasshoppers after a hard-fought encounter.

Two tries from centre Ben Blackwell and another from Chris Walker were enough to take the win, while Jack Blakeney-Edwards kicked a conversion and penalty.

Harrogate had to work hard for an 18-13 home win over Macclesfield in the North Premier League, while Sandal were big 47-31 winners over Carlisle and secured a much-needed bonus point.

Elsewhere Ilkley were 23-7 winners over visitors Alnwick.

Morley edged to a 12-8 win over Kendal to stay within touching distance of the top three.