Rugby Union: Wharfedale and Otley crash as Sandal come up short

James Ellar crossed the try line in a losing effort by Sandal. PIC: Allan McKenzie/YWNG

There was little joy for West Yorkshire’s teams across National Two, with Wharfedale, having to settle for a four-try bonus point from their 37-28 defeat at Leicester Lions.

Tries from George Hedgley, Tom Barrett, Dan Stockdale and Philip Woodhead – plus all four conversions from Barrett – were not enough for ‘Dale.

Otley could only manage one try as they were well beaten 59-5 at top-of-the-table Sale.

Hull took a narrow 26-20 victory over Sandal in the North Premier league after battling back from a 17-5 deficit at half time.

The West Yorkshire side battled well throughout the match, but were let down by a spell in the second half where they had three men in the sin-bin. Tries from off-half James Ellar and centre Steve Nolson – plus two conversions and a penalty from Ellar – put Sandal ahead at half-time, while Hull’s Steve Johnson scored their only try.

After the break Hull props Mike Dias and Ben Bootham both scored tries which Johnson converted to close to one point at 20-19, and winger Mike Adlard’s late score and Johnson’s converting put Hull ahead. Sandal pushed hard, but Hull’s defence just held out.

Harrogate battled to a 26-7 win at Rossendale, with tries coming from Luke Edwards, Jonny Coser, Danny Matthews and centre Euan Miller, with Luke White kicking three conversions.

Ilkley’s pitch was water-logged so their match with Wirral needs rearranging.

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