Rugby Union: Morley bow out in style as Sandal face play-off

Morley's Luke Stevenson
Morley's Luke Stevenson
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Morley bowed out of National 3 North with an eight-try demolition of bottom club Beverley.

With relegation already confirmed, the final home outing before returning to North 1 East was an opportunity to run in a big score and the Maroons were 52-12 winners.

By the halfway stage six different scorers had racked-up a 40-7 lead. Centre Chris Hall started proceedings before full-back Luke Stevenson, right wing Andy Funnell, left wing Karl Bradshaw, prop Ben Bell and skipper Mark Chester all found their way through, with Stevenson kicking five conversions.

Centre Bradley Marshall grabbed the seventh, seven minutes into the second half, before Stevenson wrapped things up with the Maroons’ final score to cheer up the home supporters despite the circumstances.

Sandal face a play-off against Hinckley after surrendering a four-try lead at Sale to lose 31-22.

The final fixture pitted first against second with the victors claiming the title and promotion, and for long periods it appeared that Sandal would take the crown. By half-time they had scored three tries through centre Dave Martin, winger Simon Frewin and prop Rob Norbury and a conversion to lead 17-3.

They then scored the first try of the second half when winger Alex Orr extended the advantage to 22-3. However, two tries and two penalties pulled the hosts back to within a point and when Sandal saw three men sent to the bin in a matter of minutes, Sale took advantage with a penalty and a converted try.

Otley pushed Sedgley Park close in their final away fixture of the season in National 2 North but suffered a 39-33 defeat.

Only four places and 10 points separated the sides in the table going into the game but with home advantage it was the Lancastrians who shaded the first half to lead 19-12. Despite their mauling by Ampthill & District last time out, Otley felt they were well in the game this time and with tries from centre Jack Mackie and No.8 Freddie Watson they definitely posed a threat.

The game opened up after the break in the sunshine and flanker Jack Scott-Paul, winger Harry Hudson and skipper Stephen Depledge all managed to go in for tries with the latter adding three more conversions.

In National 1, Harrogate were involved in a pulsating match in which the lead changed hands several times before visiting Luctonians eased relegation worries by edging the contest 30-27. Harrogate’s four tries netted them two bonus points.