SHEFFIELD Tigers stepped up their challenge in National 2 North with a 23-20 victory at Stockport.
The Dore Moor club, newcomers to this level, showed their intentions when winger Jamie Broadley burst through for a try after six minutes, Jonny West converting.
Broadley’s second try put them 10-0 ahead before Stockport replied with a penalty goal.
Tigers flanker Callum MacKenzie ran in a third try before Stockport finally got over the visitors’ line.
West pulled back a penalty on the stroke of half time to give Tigers a 20-10 lead. With eight minutes of the game remaining, Tigers were made to sweat but, despite facing stronger forwards, the visitors were equal to the challenge and held on for a deserved win.
n Sheffield fought from behind for a 31-18 verdict over Northern in their latest North 1 East clash at Abbeydale.
The Tynesiders went ahead with an early penalty before Sheffield stand-off Donal Collins raced over for a try which he converted himself.
Northern then went 11-7 in front with a forwards’ try and a second penalty before Sheffield closed back within a point when Collins kicked a penalty late in the first half.
The city club were quick off the mark in the second half, grabbing the lead with a try by centre Joe Cribley which Collins converted.
But they again found themselves fighting from behind before Cribley sprinted over for his second try and Collins added the extras.
Then, as the game went into stoppage time, the city club made certain when winger James Montgomery crossed for a try and Collins was again on target.
n In Yorkshire One, Dinnington were again left to salvage a losing bonus point on their visit to Pontefract.
Dinnington had turned round 10-8 ahead through two tries by flanker Ryan Donnelly but were eventually edged out 24-17.
The visitors’ only second-half score was a try by No 8 Will Marshall, converted by Tom Shepard.
n Barnsley ran in11 tries on their way to an emphatic 71-17 victory over Yorkshire Two rivals Moortown at Shaw Lane.