Rugby Union: Sterling matchday effort not enough to save Otley

Callum Irvine.
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Otley lost 22-20 at home to Broadstreet, leaving them with just one win from their last five games in National 2 North.

The first half, although closely contested, did much to suggest that Otley could go on to win the game.

No.8 Freddie Watson scored for the second game in succession before captain Stephen Depledge also crossed and converted his own try.

Broadstreet could only reply with an unconverted score and the signs were good for the home supporters going into the second period.

Unlike last time out against Leicester, though, Otley couldn’t keep the scoreboard moving consistently in their favour and the opposition began to sense an upset.

A penalty from Depledge and an unconverted try by winger Nazir Karim couldn’t match the converted tries and penalty from Broadstreet which earned them the lead and ultimately claimed the points despite Otley’s desperate late attempts to force a score.

Harrogate’s final game at Claro Road didn’t have the fairytale winning ending they would have liked.

Harrogate lost 29-18 to league leaders Hull Ionians but put in a barnstorming display and were within a score of salvaging something from the contest until Ionians pulled clear late on.

Goalkicker Callum Irvine and Luke Edwards scored the tries for Harrogate.

Meanwhile, in National Three North, Sandal claimed five points by the skin of their teeth with a 24-18 win at Rossendale in the first of their games in hand. They went into the game knowing maximum points would put them level with Sale on 94 points at the top of the table, but with an additional game up their sleeves that could potentially land them the title.

Rossendale led 15-0 at half-time with three unconverted tries.

Sandal hit back with two unconverted tries from scrum-half Joe Bedford and wing Ralph Cartwright to cut the lead to five points.

And Sandal finally went ahead when full-back Tom Coad crossed and fly-half Mark Pease converted to put his side 17-15 in front.

With time ticking down, it seemed that Sandal would go on to dominate but Rossendale kicked a penalty to lead by a point, forcing the visitors to attack to the end.

Eventually a stolen lineout led to a break from halfway on the last throw of the dice and centre Simon Frewin outpaced his man to feed James Ellar.

The winger went under the posts, leaving a simple conversion to make sure that phase one of the master plan was complete.