Rugby Union: Otley record first win as Sandal make it three on the spin

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Otley recorded their first win of the season with a 26-8 success in the Yorkshire derby at Huddersfield.

The visitors went into the game on the back of defeats to Leicester Lions and Harrogate and were desperately seeking a response against a side who had started the season with a win and a bonus-point defeat. Otley started well and took the lead with a try by winger Gareth Newman in the early stages but that was cancelled out when fly-half Chris Bell went in for the hosts and added a penalty for the lead as Huddersfield grew into the game.

However, a penalty try for Otley just before the interval put them back in front and they extended their advantage majestically after the break when a speculative chip forward bounced neatly into the arms of Newman who ran in to score. The conversion made it 19-8 and Otley held that advantage until the final quarter when Newman cut through for his hat-trick to secure a bonus-point win.

And Sandal continued their fine start to the National Two North division with a 26-23 victory at Harrogate – secured thanks to a Mark Pease drop goal.

Joe Bedford and Elliot Munnelly scored the tries for the Milnthorpe Green club with man of the moment Pease kicking two conversions and three penalties as well as the all-important drop goal.

Lewis Minikin, Sam Bottomley and Willem Enslin wer among the scorers for Harrogate.

Andy Funnell and Will Smyth grabbed a brace of tries each as Morley secured their third straight win at home to Beverley who suffered a 57-14 defeat.

The Maroons are unbeaten since relegation at the end of the last campaign and ran in eight tries against one of the sides to join them in dropping from National 3 North. The hosts were 36-0 ahead by half time after winger Scott Glynn, full-back Karl Bradshaw and centre Richard Knowles added to first tries from No.8 Smyth and wing-man Funnell.

Beverley rallied at the start of the second half with two tries but Smyth and Funnell went in again to kill off the resurgence, leaving debutant back-rower Ed Kelly to wrap things up with the last of the tries.