Sheffield Tigers’ backs mastered the windy Dore Moor conditions to score a key 20-7 win over Harrogate in National Two North.
Tigers had two tries from left wing Peter Swatkins, one from full-back Jimmy Pearson and a conversion and penalty by Jonny West as Harrogate were sent packing without even a losing bonus point.
Although still only two places ahead of their rivals in North One East, Sheffield also opened the New Year in emphatic style when they thrashed Durham City 60-3 at Abbeydale Park.
Right winger James Montgomery and centre Joe Cribley both scored two tries, while others came from left winger Alex Hill, second row Soloman Prestage, prop Andy Gravil and winger Ali Womack. Donal Collins kicked six conversions and a penalty.
Dinnington, after some promising results against higher ranked Yorkshire One sides, came unstuck 20-10 on their visit to previous bottom placed side Castleford.
Chris Williams kicked a penalty goal and converted a try by winger Dave Longstaff for Dinnington. Dinnington are now bottom.
Barnsley went back to the top of Yorkshire Two when they hammered Skipton 58-7 at Shaw Lane.
Skipper and No 8 David Reed scored a hat-trick of tries and there were also two tries each from Joe South, his replacement at No 8, and centre Andrew Appleyard.
Wath-on-Dearne maintained third place with a 30-22 win at Selby, but it was a close call as the home side ran in four tries to Wath’s three. Ben Keen’s goal kicking made the difference as he converted tries by Brett Small and Matt Burrows, as well as his own try and three penalty goals. Keen didn’t miss a kick all day, and his third penalty denied Selby a losing bonus.
Sheffield Medicals, in second place in Yorkshire Three and with a game in hand over leaders Roundhegians, kept on the pace with a 36-7 home win over York RI.
Their five tries came from Peter Goodwin, Joe McHale, Charlie Finan, Matthew Clark and Chris Blackwell. Eddie Farmer kicked four conversions and a penalty.
Rotherham Phoenix, though still third, slipped off the pace when they were defeated 12-8 by previously bottom placed Old Modernians at Leeds. Phoenix were restricted to a penalty goal by fly-half John Saddington until centre Matt Allott got over ten minutes from the end.
Mosborough went down 12-32 to Harrogate Pythons in Yorkshire Four, while Rotherham Clifton lost out 36-18 in Yorkshire Five at Hornsea.
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