Duo overcome wintry conditions to record comfortable victories

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NATIONAL Two North side Sheffield Tigers and North One East contenders Sheffield both overcame dire conditions to win their latest league encounters.

Tigers adapted better to the cold, wet and windy conditions at Dore Moor to gain a 17-6 victory over Leicester Lions, moving them up a place as Nuneaton, previously one position higher, were thrashed 50-10 by leaders Loughborough Students.

Tigers went ahead when they were awarded a penalty try for a Leicester scrum offence after 18 minutes and Jonny West kicked the conversion.

Leicester pulled back two penalty goals to close to within one point at the break, but West then matched it and added the conversion when Tigers’ No 8 Gregor Haytor raced over while the visitors had a man in the sin bin.

Sheffield scored the only try of the match at Abbeydale Park in a 7-3 win over Malton and Norton in North One East.

Sheffield’s points came from a first-half penalty try which Donal Collins converted, and they held on in a dour match as Malton could manage only a penalty goal in reply.

Both teams tried to play open rugby, but the match was strewn with mistakes as the conditions took their toll.

In Yorkshire One it was a familiar tale as Dinnington were again left to salvage a losing bonus point in a 13-11 home defeat by Keighley.

Dinnington had gone ahead with a brace of penalty goals by fly-half Chris Williams in the first half.

Keighley pulled a penalty back, but a try by No 8 Will Marshall put the home side 11-3 up, only for Keighley to hit back with two tries, the latter only three minutes from the end.

Barnsley regained the Yorkshire Two lead they last held in September when they ran in five tries in a 33-6 victory over Yarnbury at Leeds.

Barnsley went ahead with the first of stand-off Patrick Jensen’s two penalties and a try by hooker Simon Casson.

Yarnbury pulled back two penalties, but the visitors were in control after the restart as winger Andrew Smith, prop Dale Hobson, centre Arron Gaunt and No 8 David Reed all touched down.