SHEFFIELD Tigers are finding life tough in National Two North and slipped to a 30-17 home defeat by Preston Grasshoppers.
After knocking Luctonians off the top and then salvaging a losing bonus point against Nuneaton, Tigers finished this game empty handed after scoring the first try. They went ahead with the first of four penalty goals from fly-half Jonny West. Grasshoppers led 12-6 on penalties, but Tigers closed back to within a point when their winger Alex Graham raced over for the opening try. But the Dore Moor side were outplayed in the forwards.
Sheffield were 29-13 winners on their visit to Morpeth in North One East. The Abbeydale side collected a four-try bonus, with winger Alex Hill scoring a hat-trick on his return after injury. He put them ahead on four minutes, stand-off Donal Collins adding the conversion, and Sheffield turned round 12-6 ahead after Hill had touched down again. A drop goal by centre Dave McCabe put the visitors further ahead, and Hill completed his hat-trick after 69 minutes, Collins converting.
Sheffield sealed their win when second row forward Tom White crashed over for the bonus point and Collins was again on target.
Dinnington enjoyed a deserved 6-3 home win over York in Yorkshire 1. After conceding a penalty, Chris Williams levelled the score for Dinnington before half time, and he landed another goal in the second half as wet conditions made handling difficult.
Barnsley moved up to second place in Yorkshire 2 with a 13-5 win at Ripon. Wath on Dearne, last season’s Yorkshire Three champions, are up to third in Yorks 2 after their 10-3 home win over Yarnbury.
Sheffield Medicals maintained second place in Yorkshire 3 with a 14-11 win at Thornensians.
Medics scored all their points in the first half, Eddie Farmer converting tries by flanker Alastair Shaw and No 8 Alex Fawdry. Thorne pulled back a penalty before half time and scored the only try of the second half through their own No 8 Rob Moffatt.
Mosborough ran in nine tries on their way to an emphatic 55-5 win over Yorkshire 4 rivals Leeds Corinthians.
Stocksbridge also enjoyed a big win, running in seven tries in their 52-5 win over Wensleydale in Yorkshire 5.
Prop Joe Smith scored two tries, while the others came from Joe Jones, Adam Frith, Andrew Beale, Ray Waller and Luke Birch.