ALREADY finding their feet at the higher level after promotion to National Two North, Sheffield Tigers passed their latest test with flying colours when they handed leaders Luctonians their first defeat of the campaign.
Tigers emerged 24-19 winners at Dore Moor over the Herefordshire visitors, scoring four tries to earn a bonus point.
Tigers are looking comfortable in 11th place out of 16 teams, ahead of Yorkshire clubs with an established pedigree at national level, like Harrogate and Otley. Tigers made their intentions clear in the first minute when winger Peter Swatkins raced over and they increased their lead with another try by full-back John Feeley.
Tigers were quick off the blocks in the second half as second row forward Gregor Hayter crashed over. Jonny West converted to give them a 17-5 lead, and although Luctonians fought back Tigers completed their scoring when Richard Joel touched down, West converting.
Sheffield, who won promotion to North One East, are holding their own in mid-table yet lost out 22-13 at Durham City. Sheffield were slow off the mark, letting Durham in for two tries before stand-off Donal Collins pulled back a penalty goal. City stretched their lead to 17-3 before Collins goaled again. Sheffield broke through with the last move of the match, winger Ali Womack touching down and Collins converting.
Dinnington finally got their Yorkshire One league campaign off the blocks when they ran out 36-24 home winners over Castleford, collecting a four-try bonus into the bargain. Castleford opened with a penalty goal but stand-off Chris Williams matched it for Dinnington and the home side went ahead when winger Dave Longstaffe sprinted over. Dinnington’s other scorers were prop John Marshall, Gary Woodcock Will Marshall and Williams
Leaders Barnsley held out for a 23-21 win at Skipton and are now the only side in Yorkshire Two with a 100% record.
Seven tries helped Wath on Dearne secure a 46-14 victory over strugglers Selby in their latest Yorkshire Two clash.
Sheffield Medicals moved up to second place in Yorkshire Three, taking over that spot from their rivals, when they ran out 37-16 winners at York Railway Institute.
Rotherham Phoenix scored a 25-6 home win over Leeds rivals Old Modernians.
Stocksbridge came out on top against Rotherham Clifton, winning 27-22 in their Yorkshire Five clash.