Barnes storms through to bag points for Tigers

Revenge: Tigers Jon Buchanan battles against the Nuneaton defence.                    Picture: ian anderson
Revenge: Tigers Jon Buchanan battles against the Nuneaton defence. Picture: ian anderson
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SHEFFIELD Tigers avenged a 26-22 away defeat last October when they beat Nuneaton 8-3 in a windswept National Two North encounter at Dore Moor.

Nuneaton did well to open the scoring in the 11th minute when their stand-off Lee Chapman landed a drop goal into the teeth of a gale, and it was a further 14 minutes before Tigers equalised with a penalty goal by Jonny West, playing at scrum-half.

The decisive score came in the 49th minute when Tigers’ No 8 Andy Barnes crashed over for a try, but West’s conversion attempt fell short into the strong wind.

After failing to score a try in their 20-6 defeat at Abbeydale Park at the beginning of October, Sheffield were again well beaten as Billingham consolidated their North One East lead with a 32-8 home victory.

Sheffield’s points came from a penalty goal by stand-off Donal Collins and a late try by replacement left winger Ali Womack.

Wath-on-Dearne consolidated third spot in Yorkshire Two when they fought from behind for a 16-14 win over Leodiensians at Leeds. Left winger Brett Smal raced through for two tries and his fellow winger Ben Keen landed two penalty goals as Leos were left to salvage a losing bonus.

Sheffield Medicals, last season’s Yorkshire Four winners, went a step closer to another promotion when they scored the only three tries of the match in a 15-6 Yorkshire Three victory at home to Bramley Phoenix.

Bramley went ahead with an early penalty goal before Medics’ centre Joe Gaynor raced through for a try.

They sealed their win with further touchdowns by second row Thomas Piggot and flanker Alastair Shaw.

Rotherham Phoenix, in third place, also kept on the pace with a 23-3 home win over Northallerton.

After Northallerton had gone ahead with a drop goal in the first five minutes, Phoenix pulled back a try by flanker Andy Stuart just before half time.

They took control in the second half with tries from replacement No 8 Jamie Morris and full-back John Saddington. Tom Jenkinson converted one and landed two penalty goals.

Stocksbridge went a step closer to challenging for promotion with a 24-12 victory at Wensleydale in Yorkshire Five.

Right winger Luke Horton, centres Sam Turnell and Ben Senior and second row Ricky Rowett all touched down, while Scott Bowskill kicked two conversions.

This Saturday, Stocksbridge face another important clash against Marist.

Mosborough went down 48-7 at leaders Leeds Medics in their Yorkshire Four clash, while Rotherham Clifton lost out 17-5 in Yorkshire Five and Sheffield Oaks were beaten 32-17 at Marist.

Tigers picture special in Grassroots on Friday.