Wood boots Sandal to a narrow home success

Sandal's Greg Wood.
Sandal's Greg Wood.
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A dour display saw Sandal cling on for a 6-3 victory in difficult conditions at home to Caldy in National 2 North.

The hosts had taken a 6-0 lead with a penalty and a drop-goal by fly-half Greg Wood which was halved by Jack Lavin’s penalty.

The home side spent the majority of the second half camped in their own 22, repelling wave after wave of Caldy attacks, as the pitch deteriorated in almost continuous rain.

In the latter stages Caldy were content to maul the ball from almost any distance and even spurned the opportunity of a late penalty as they chased a winning try.

This ultimately cost them when they knocked-on just short of the Sandal line, allowing the hosts possession and the points.

In the same division, Otley will feel that they left a bonus point on the field in a penalty strewn 15-10 win against Broadstreet which quickly lost its shape, producing a penalty try, three yellow cards and - for a spell - uncontested scrums.

Despite this, they self-destructed when in scoring positions but this win moves them up into fifth place in the table.

Broadstreet made a purposeful opening, though failing with two penalty opportunities, Otley steadily taking control and just managing a try from lock Declan Dunn on 39 minutes.

But despite this growing supremacy it was not until the 53rd minute they were awarded the penalty try, converted by skipper Stephen Depledge, who added a penalty when the visitors suffered their first yellow card three minutes later. Failing to take advantage, they then lost their composure when Dunn was sin-binned on 75 minutes, winger Aaron Martin and centre Todd Freemantle crossing to snatch a bonus point.

Harrogate hosted leaders Macclesfield and earned a well-deserved bonus point from a 22-17 defeat in appalling conditions.

Having given away a soft opening try, Harrogate had to play catch-up rugby for most of the game but kicked a late penalty to earn their bonus.

Trailing 12-0, creative Harrogate back play was starting to find gaps in the Macclesfield defence and Callum Irvine followed up his own attacking chip to dispossess a defender and score in the corner, with Lewis Minikin’s nailing the touchline conversion to make it 12-7 at the break.

The second half saw the hosts take the lead as a strong Steve Parsons run saw Charles Morgan in support to score his maiden try for the club with the conversion putting them 14-12 ahead. A penalty and a penalty try took the visitors clear before Minikin added a penalty.

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