Rugby Union: Resilient Otley fend off Grasshoppers to record third win of season

Sandal tryscorer Simon Frewin.
Sandal tryscorer Simon Frewin.
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Otley bagged their third win of the season in National Two North, holding on to beat visitors Preston Grasshoppers 20-18.

The visitors proved a tough opponent and right to the whistle they could’ve snatched the win. Indeed, Grasshoppers led 13-12 at half-time with right wing James Wood and scrum-half Max Johnson scoring for the hosts, while full-back Tom Hodson kicked a conversion.

After the break Otley took the lead with prop William Rigg barging over and Hodson adding the extras.

Elsewhere, prop Josh Burridge scored Wharfedale’s only try of the match as they went down 34-7 at Luctonians, while Harrogate lost out 18-12 at Stourbridge, flanker Jonathan Coser and winger Ollie Rosillo scoring their tries.

Doncaster Phoenix, after their shaky start to the season, moved up two more places with a resounding 52-36 win at Morley in National Three North. Phoenix scored eight tries to Morley’s six, and twice fought from behind as Morley led 19-7 on the half-hour and then edged in front again at 29-26 after 51 minutes. Winger James Wright and full-back Will Burden both touched down twice for Phoenix.

Sandal beat Yorkshire rivals Cleckheaton 23-16 with tries from Simon Frewin and Steve Graham, while Greg Wood kicked two penalties, two conversions and a drop goal.

Ilkley, previously second, slipped up 34-22 at Rossendale.

Bridlington maintained a perfect record in Yorkshire One with a seven-try, 50-21 win over Hullensians at Dukes Park, but second-placed West Leeds slipped up 34-6 at York and have been overtaken by Old Brodleians, who won 31-29 at home to Beverley in spite of the visitors scoring five tries to four. Beverley also move ahead of West Leeds.

Scarborough got over 10 times in a 68-8 home victory over tailenders Acklam.