Sheffield Tigers went down fighting at league leaders Loughborough Students, losing out 26-10 in their latest National 2 (North) clash.
The experience and skill of Tigers wasn’t quite enough – but for long periods the two sides were locked in a battle which could have gone either way.
Penalties by the respective stand-offs - Jonny West for Tigers - were the only first half scores. But after the break Tigers stopped their rivals bossing the match and largely held them firm. However, repeated infringements were punished by Hall who kicked three penalties to go into a 12-3 lead.
Tigers fell further behind but with 12 minutes remaining they pressured their hosts hard for the final few minutes, and Jamie Broadley broke through on 72 minutes, West adding the conversion.
Sheffield ran out 16-9 winners over promotion rivals Middlesbrough in their North 1 East clash. Stand-off Donal Collins was in great form, both while kicking at goal as well as kicking for territory, but at half time there was little to choose between the two with Collins booting an early penalty.
He added two more to put Sheffield 9-3 ahead and he helped the home side secure the only try of the match with his in-hand kicking. Pressuring well on the Boro 22-yard line, Sheffield broke through with flanker Martin Balshaw touching down near the posts, Collins converting.
Dinnington slipped back into relegation territory with a 32-10 defeat in their latest Yorkshire 1 match at Pocklington.
They went 29 points down before pulling back a try by second row Matt Acres and then, in the last play of the game, adding another by winger James Marsden.
Barnsley maintained second place in Yorkshire 2 with a 47-13 home win over Selby, their seven tries earning them a bonus point.
Winger Liam Scorah touched down for a hat-trick, centre Andrew Appleyard added two more and there were others from flanker Joe South and No 8 David Reed. Patrick Jensen kicked three conversions and two penalty goals.
Fourth placed Wath on Dearne also earned a bonus in their 26-3 win at bottom side Goole. Wath went ahead with a penalty by full-back Anthony Barratt and a try by outside centre Steve Mason, but were only 8-3 ahead at half time before taking full control. Mason completed his hat-trick and back row man Joe Earp also touched down. Ashley Rothery, who came on as replacement for injured Barratt, added a penalty.
Sheffield Medicals moved ahead of Rotherham Phoenix into second place in Yorkshire Three with a 48-0 home victory over Hessle. Medics notched up eight tries, including two each from Peter Goodwin and Rob Conville. Benjamin Gabbott, Eddie Farmer, Alastair Shaw and Charles Crawshaw also crossed, and Farmer converted four.