Sheffield Tigers’ opening match in National Three North got off to an encouraging start but finished with a demoralising 25-20 defeat by Manchester rivals Burnage at Dore Moor.
Tigers had high hopes against a side who finished in the bottom half of Three North, and they looked on course as they opened up a 15-10 half-time lead under new head coach Thiu Barnard.
Tigers ran in two first-half tries, flanker Steve Walker racing in for the touchdown and the home side also gaining a pushover after a driving maul.
Full-back Alex Graham converted one and added a penalty goal, but when right wing Peter Swatkins scored a second-half try Graham’s conversion hit the post.
Sheffield also saw victory snatched away from them as they were edged out 22-20 in their North One East match at West Hartlepool.
When winger Rupert Broadley sprinted over for his second try in front of the posts, Andy Hodgson converting, it gave the Abbeydale Park side a 20-19 lead with less than a minute to go.
But Hartlepool, who had turned round 19-5 ahead, snatched the win in dramatic style when fly-half Stuart Waites kicked a penalty goal at the death.
Newly promoted North One East side Dinnington got off to a winning start with a 22-13 verdict over Bradford and Bingley. Flanker Ryan Donnelly scored a hat-trick of tries, with winger Rob Leivers adding two.
Wath on Dearne also came from behind for a 29-25 home win over Pontefract in their opening Yorkshire One clash.
Barnsley ran in two tries in the last two minutes to help secure a maximum five-point haul from a 27-0 win over Leeds Medics at Shaw Lane.
The hosts led 15-0 at the break with flanker Alex Edge and second row Jeff Watt scoring tries, while Andrew Appleyard kicked one conversion and a penalty.
After the break No 8 Joe South touched down, and Barnsley were awarded a penalty try in the final minute which Appleyard converted.
Sheffield Medicals lost out 29-44 in their Yorkshire Two match against Old Rishworthians, despite two tries from captain Tom Pigott, one from Chris Blackwell and a penalty try.
Hooker and captain Rhys Keenan scored Stocksbridge’s only try, while Scott Bowskill kicked two penalties as they went down 11-16 to visitors Castleford in Yorkshire Three.
Mosborough ran out emphatic 48-0 winners over Halifax Vandals in Yorkshire Four. Winger Dave Eaton, centre Dale Adey and back row Mick Davidson scored two tries each, with Gary Wilde and Dan Shirtcliffe also scoring.