Ionians and Tigers secure safety but Harrogate suffer relegation
Ionians trailed 19-13 at the break, Edward Falkingham scoring their try with Isaac Green adding the conversion and two penalties. Ally Forth went over to put Ionians 20-19 up after the restart, and after the hosts saw a player sent to the sin-bin, the visitors pressed home the advantage.
Two tries in quick succession for Callum Irvine, both converted by Green, secured the bonus point and put survival within touching distance at 34-19
Simon Uzokwe put the pressure on with his second try for Mowden Park, but Andy Humberstone’s late try sealed the win.
Winger Chris Pond scored the opening try but Tigers trailed 17-10 at the break.
Louis Silver stretched the gap to 10 points but Tigers full-back Pete Swatkins went over, before scrum-half Ryan Holmes scored, both converted by Mark Ireland.
A drop goal from Tom Jones made it a one-point game, but Jamie Broadley went over for the bonus-point try, before Lee Monks crossed.
Harrogate went down despite leading 17-5 at the break at Hinckley. A try 90 seconds from time condemned them to a 32-31 defeat. Harrogate claimed the Yorkshire Cup in midweek after Tigers conceded the match.
Wharfedale came back from 17 and 15-point deficits to secure a 41-34 win at relegated Preston Grasshoppers to finish 10th.
Sale secured a home play-off tie in National Two North after running in seven tries in their 44-14 defeat of Otley, who finish one place below Wharfedale.
Sheffield will play in National Two North next time after clinching promotion with a 32-31 victory in their play-off at Rossendale.
West Leeds made it back-to-back promotions after coming away with a 19-14 victory at South Shields Westoe in their play-off.