First-half try spree keeps Morley on top

Sandal's Greg Wood
Sandal's Greg Wood
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Morley continued their unbeaten start to the North One East season with a 33-24 bonus-point home win over Alnwick.

Flanker Mike Smyth kicked things off with a try after 14 minutes and five minutes later, Maroons outside centre Richard Knowles crossed.

Full-back Karl Bradshaw ran in the third on 25 minutes before Knowles was on hand to dot down his second, three minutes before the interval.

Skipper Mark Chester added three conversions to make the half-time score 26-7. The game was effectively over as a contest eight minutes into the second half following No.8 Brandon Hannam’s converted try to take the score to 33-7 but Alnwick refused to give in scoring three tries to clinch a bonus point.

In National Two North, Sandal inflicted a first defeat of the season on leaders Sedgley Park with an 18-13 home win.

The visitors took an early lead with a penalty before home No.8 Sam Whittingham went over from close range.

Sedgley’s first try, from centre Matt Riley, made it 8-5 but the half-time advantage belonged to the hosts as a drop-goal from fly-half Greg Wood and centre Mark Pease’s penalty were both on target.

After the interval the visitors pulled ahead once more when skipper Juan Crous scored, but the best was left for last when, from 40 metres, winger Simon Frewin cut through and under the sticks for a converted try that secured the points.

Otley got the better of Sale 40-34 in a high-scoring game.

A try from Otley prop George Burkinshaw and a penalty by skipper Stephen Depledge got the ball rolling, then Sale hit back with a penalty from Liam McGovern, but centre Mike Coady and Roberts combined well to put Depledge over, the fly-half then converting.

Sale hit back with converted tries from Joe Kelly and Sam Stelmaszec and after conceding a try to Henry Roberts, a converted try from Tom Ailes and a penalty gave them the edge. A rush of points, a penalty try, duly converted and a try from Coady plus a penalty, eased Otley ahead but a converted Stelmaszec try livened the proceedings, step forward Roberts to seal it. Harrogate earned a 28-7 victory over Huddersfield. Harrogate’s tries came from Tom White, Callum Irvine, Jonny Giles and Lewis Minikin.