Sheffield Tigers moved up to fourth place in National Three North with their fourth win in five matches when they came home with five points from a 30-20 win at Wirral.
The Dore Moor side left Wirral for dead in the first half, opening up a 25-8 interval lead, but their game plan was derailed in the second half when England Counties under-20 flanker Josh Redfern was taken to hospital with a neck injury.
Redfern had scored the first of Tigers’ four tries, with centres Jonathan Buchanan and Liam Wallace also touching down.
But the bonus winning fourth came when Tigers were awarded a penalty try. Full-back Alex Graham converted two and landed two penalty goals.
Dinnington are still top of North One East despite suffering their first league defeat of the season, going down 27-15 to Percy Park at North Shields.
Dinnington got off to a promising start, going 10-0 ahead, but in the end they were beaten by a better side who have an impeccable home record.
Second row Danny Pilkington scored Dinnington’s opening try, Chris Williams converting to add to his early penalty goal.
But the visitors didn’t score again until prop John Marshall crashed over with five minutes to go.
With only two points separating the top four teams, Sheffield held their second place with an 11-3 win over Bradford and Bingley at Abbeydale Park.
The visitors got off the mark first, with Shaun Driver kicking a penalty on 33 minutes, but Sheffield took the lead shortly after with right winger Rupert Broadley touching down just before the break.
A close second half saw no further scores until late in the match, while stand-off Jimmy Pearson kicked penalties for Sheffield on 77 and 86 minutes.
After falling 33-0 behind, Wath-on-Dearne made a brave attempt to get back into their game away to Bridlington but fell just short.
Bridlington were dominant in the early stages and built up a big lead thanks to tries from Gary Stevens, captain Ryan Gerkin, Jack Arthur, Harry Sutton and Steve Mellonby.
Andy Lintin and Joe Bartlett scored two tries each in response for Wath but the match ended 33-22.
Barnsley, the Yorkshire Two leaders, had a field day when they ran in ten tries on their way to a 66-5 home victory over struggling Sheffield Medicals, who finished ahead of their rivals in this league last season.
Fly-half Andrew Appleyard scored two tries as well as kicking eight of the conversions, and centre Thomas Swann also touched down twice.
Barnsley scored five tries and 33 points in each half, the Medics’ only consolation being a try by winger Michael Bodie soon after the restart.
Michael Davidson was hat-trick hero for Mosborough as they beat Hornsea 56-17 at home.
As well as flanker Davidson scoring his three tries, there were another seven scored with Lee Bishop, Kane Haslow, Gary Wiles and Dale Adey crashing over. Andy Mayne scored a brace and there was also a penalty try.
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