Club rugby: Nervous wait for relegation-threatened Wharfedale

Harrogate try scorer, Keane Naylor. PIC: Richard Brown
Harrogate try scorer, Keane Naylor. PIC: Richard Brown
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Wharfedale climbed out of the relegation zone in National Two North with a 30-21 win over Macclesfield – but they will have to wait before they can celebrate safety.

Luctonians, who beat relegated Sheffield 76-12 on Saturday, have two games remaining which could see them climb up the table and leave Wharfedale in the bottom three. Huddersfield finished their National Two North fixtures with a 41-33 victory over South Leicester.

Harrogate try scorer, Andy Boyde. PIC: Andrew Roe

Harrogate try scorer, Andy Boyde. PIC: Andrew Roe

Elsewhere Sheffield Tigers suffered an 80-19 defeat at promotion-chasing Sedgley Park, while Otley lost 31-5 at Stourbridge.

Hull’s hopes of promotion into National Two North were dashed as they lost out 31-22 to Peterborough Lions in the play-off match.

Harrogate brought the curtain down on a solid season with a seven-try win at home to Yorkshire rivals Pocklington in the North Premier league.

A brace from Danny Matthews and further tries from Andy Boyde, Matt Lansdall, Euan Miller, Keane Naylor and Connor Miller on his debut helped them to a fine 45-22 win. The result sees them finish third in the table.

Elsewhere Sandal lost their final game of the season 33-29 to relegated Birkenhead Park.

Bradford & Bingley’s 36-27 defeat at the hands of Percy Park on the last day of the North One East season condemned fellow Yorkshire side Dinnington to relegation.

Dinnington had already played all of their games and faced an anxious wait for the outcome of this encounter.

And Percy Park seized on their opportunity with both hands as they ran in five tries to claim the all-important bonus point that lifts them up to fourth from bottom with Dinnington taking their place in the drop zone.

Yorkshire rivals Bridlington and Malton & Norton had nothing but pride to play for in their encounter and it was the seaside town that came away with a 16-13 victory.

York already had the Yorkshire One title in the bag going into their penultimate game of the season against Heath and they slipped to a 28-19 defeat.

Beverley signed off in style as they beat Old Brodleians 38-18 in front of their home crowd. James Graham, Luke Hazell, Charlie Rawlins, Theo Richardson, Jacob Holmes and Alex Hodgkinson were among the scorers. They finish fourth in Yorkshire One.

Hull Ionians were relegated from National One despite a battling performance against runaway champions Coventry on the final day of the season.

Yorkshire Carnegie head coach, James Lowes. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

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