Double trouble for the Tigers

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After their home beating by leaders Loughborough Students a week earlier, Sheffield Tigers had no better luck when they crashed to a 37-9 defeat in their National Two North clash at second placed Caldy.

The Dore Moor side were restricted to three first-half penalty goals by fly-half Jonny West as the Wirral club turned round 20-9 ahead and then chalked up a bonus-winning fourth try in the 79th minute. Caldy were completing the season’s double after a 29-19 win at Sheffield last November. They were stronger in the forwards, and retained possession better.

Sheffield were left without a match in North One East when bottom placed Team Northumbria were unable to raise a side for their scheduled visit to Abbeydale Park.

Dinnington, second from bottom in Yorkshire Division One, kept alive their slender hopes of avoiding relegation when they snatched a 30-28 home win over Knottingley, who are three places above them. After levelling the score at 10-10, Dinnington were trailing 20-10 at half time, Chris Williams having landed a penalty goal and converted the first of a hat-trick of tries by winger Dave Longstaff.

Within two minutes of the restart Knottingley had gone further ahead, but Dinnington fought their way back and clinched the result when second row forward Tom Shepherd ploughed his way over with the last play of the match.

It gave Dinnington a four-try bonus and mathematically they are now one win away from avoiding relegation.

Barnsley maintained their lead in Yorkshire Two when they notched up ten tries in their 66-27 victory at bottom placed Goole.

After just one minute when winger Scott Hinchcliffe raced in, and Patrick Jensen converted this and another try by scrum-half Neil Francis five minutes later. Tries by centre Aaran Gaunt, second row Jack Iles and full-back Andrew Appleyard, all converted by Jensen, put Barnsley 35-12 clear before Goole narrowed the gap. But the visitors ran away with the match after the restart when Appleyard crossed twice more, Francis added another and winger Liam Scorah and replacement full-back Chris Peel also touched down.

Sheffield Medicals, already assured of promotion from Yorkshire Three, coasted to a 27-8 win over Old Rishworthians at Halifax. Scrum-half Eddie Farmer landed a first-half penalty and converted a try by full-back Peter Goodwin, and Farmer also touched down in the second half when other tries were from No 8 Matthew Clarke and replacement flanker Alex Fawdry.

Sheffield Oaks beat Rossington Hornets 31-10, but Rotherham Phoenix lost out 15-5 at York Railway.