NATIONAL TWO North bottom club Wharfedale recorded a 28-25 home win over South Leicester, while Otley held on to a 23-17 win at home to Macclesfield – the bottom five are now separated by just seven points.
There was an impressive fightback from Sandal, but it was in vain as they fell to a 29-21 home defeat against Rossendale in the North Premier league. Centre Curtis Strong scored a brace for the visitors who raced into a 24-0 lead.
Jamie Heron, Steve Nolson and Simon Frewin all scored tries with Greg Wood three from three with the conversions did add some respectability to the scoreline for the hosts but it was Rossendale that claimed maximum points.
Elsewhere, Ilkley were 33-27 winners at Birkenhead Park, while Morley went down 38-10 at home against Preston Grasshoppers and Harrogate were beaten 10-3 at Lymm. Pockington lost 50-10 at Billingham.
West Leeds scored a 33-5 win over Bradford and Bingley, with tries coming from winger Sean Quaid, full-back Danny Booth, scrum-half Joe Bedford, flanker Dec Penney and No 8 Sam Warren. Inoke Finau scored the visitors’ only try.
Elsewhere Bridlington were 32-24 winners over high-flying Penrith, while Cleckheaton won 31-27 at home against Percy Park.
Dinnington beat Huddersfield YMCA 33-14, while Driffield were 27-19 winners over Morpeth.