Club rugby: Task too tall for optimistic visitors Otley

Morley's man of the match, Mark Chester. PIC: Allan McKenzie/YWNG
Morley's man of the match, Mark Chester. PIC: Allan McKenzie/YWNG
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Otley had their work cut out as they faced top of the table National Two North outfit Tynedale, and it proved to be too big a task with them on the wrong end of a 69-10 scoreline.

An Ed Fox try and five points from Mark Ireland couldn’t stop Sheffield Tigers slipping to a 13-10 defeat on the road at Chester, and Wharfedale lost 49-16 at Sale.

Morley captain Mark Chester was undoubtedly man of the match as he scored all of their points in a 20-18 defeat of Pocklington in the North Premier League. He scored two tries, two penalties and two conversions, winning the game with the last kick.

Harrogate took bragging rights in the local derby in the North Premier, beating Ilkley 24-6. It was a hard-fought game with Harrogate only pulling away with three tries in the last 10 minutes. Sam Brady scored a brace from the second game in a row and Guy Coser capped a strong display with a try. Danny Matthews scored the last try of the game and Luke Riddell added two conversions.

Elsewhere, Sandal were narrow 14-12 winners at Kirkby Lonsdale. West Leeds left it late as they kept the pressure on at the top of the North One East table with yet another win.

But it was far from straightforward and despite them facing bottom of the table Northern, it took a Kier Breakwell try two minutes from time to see them win 24-22. James Salter scored a brace of tries with the other being scored by Mark Calderwood.

Bridlington faced top of the table Morpeth and lost 27-10, while Cleckheaton proved too strong for hosts Malton and Norton, running out 41-24 winners.

Elsewhere Driffield ran in nine tries as they won 59-18 at Percy Park, while Dinnington lost 40-23 at West Hartlepool and Bradford and Bingley were beaten 43-5 at Penrith.

The biggest shock of the weekend was Moortown’s 54-0 thrashing of Hullensians, a side one place above them in the Yorkshire One table.

Old Brodleians were also big winners with a 52-7 success against Wheatley Hills, while Scarborough ran out 36-12 winners at home against Beverley. Selby ran in six tries against Middlesbrough but still lost 49-32, while Old Rishworthians were 27-7 winners at Keighley.