SHEFFIELD Tigers had to settle for two bonus points from their clash with Nuneaton in National Two (North) on Saturday after a hard-fought match.
Despite scoring four tries to their hosts’ three, Tiger were just edged out, but will take some consolation in securing both a try bonus point and a losing bonus point.
Inside centre John Buchanan scored a try on 32 minutes, but it went unconverted and indiscipline had given the Midlands Nuneaton a lead 21-5 but Tigers battled back well, with stand-off Jonny West scoring and converting a 53rd minute try before right winger Jamie Broadley touched down on the hour mark to close to 21-17.
Nuneaton hit back with Hayes scoring his second try, and although No 8 Nick Pearson bagged a fourth try for Tigers, it was not quite enough to avoid defeat.
Sheffield went down 6-20 at home to new North One East leaders Billingham after being punished for conceding too many penalties.
Sheffield led 6-3 to half time, however, after the break Billingham stepped up a gear and fly-half Joseph Evans touched down on 44 minutes before winger Craig Shepherd’s 50th minute try was converted for a 6-15 lead.
With 12 minutes remaining, Shepherd’s second try made the match safe for Billingham.
A try from scrum-half John Summerville was all Dinnington could muster in their Yorkshire One clash at Bridlington, who moved second in the table on the back of the win. Dinnington took an early lead, but the home side ran in four tries to secure the win.
Barnsley were handed their first league defeat of the season when they crashed 31-16 in their Yorkshire Two derby clash with newly promoted Wath on Dearne at Shaw Lane.
A try by winger Brett Small put Wath 24-6 clear, but Barnsley were still within reach of at least a losing bonus point when winger Liam Scorah and No 8 and skipper David Reed touched down for tries.
But an 80th minute try by Wath stand-off Martin Bray, converted by Keen, dashed even those hopes.
Sheffield Medicals pulled off a 15-10 home win over Yorkshire Three leaders Roundhegians.
Rotherham Phoenix, with some key players missing, suffered a 57-10 hammering on their visit to lower placed Northallerton, who scored nine tries in their victory.
Mosborough salvaged a losing bonus as they were edged out 18-17 – despite scoring three tries to two - in their Yorkshire Four match at Old Otliensians.