Local rugby union: Dominant first half results in five-try triumph for Otley

Winger Paul Petchey (pictured here in defensive mode) was among the try scorers in Saturday's win over Stourbridge. PIC: Gary Longbottom
Winger Paul Petchey (pictured here in defensive mode) was among the try scorers in Saturday's win over Stourbridge. PIC: Gary Longbottom
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Otley were the prized Yorkshire team in National 2 North this weekend, with a five-try triumph over Stourbridge.

Otley raced into a 26-0 lead thanks to four tries; two from full-back Cameron Burnhill along with centre Stephen Nolson and scrum-half Joe Rowntree’s efforts.

The visiting team replied with two of their own shortly after the break but another try for Otley, this time from winger Paul Petchey, sealed the game with the reliable boot of Ben Smith adding the extras in the 36-12 win.

Wharfedale had appeared to have salvaged a draw with a 79th-minute try but were stunned only seconds later after conceding a 40-metre penalty which Fylde converted giving them a 20-17 win.

Harrogate moved up to fifth in the North Premier Division with a 19-7 win at home against Lymm. Winger Charley Purkiss-Mcendoo gave the home side the lead in the 11th minute when he crashed over the opener which was converted by Cail Cookland.

The score was soon 14-0 when prop Connor Ward scored the game’s second try, also converted by Cookland.

Winger Harry Barnard crashed over in the 43rd minute. The conversion made it 19-0. A late rally from the away side saw them score a try but Harrogate held out to secure the four points and move up to fifth in the table.

Elsewhere, Ilkley secured their sixth victory of the season with a 36-18 win at Wilmslow, scoring five tries on the way to secure a maximum five-point haul.