NATIONAL Two North newcomers Sheffield Tigers suffered their second defeat in two matches but are confident they can make their mark at the higher level.
Tigers went down 24-13 to Westoe in their first home league match of the new season.
But Tigers gave a much improved performance from their 27-13 defeat at Bromsgrove and took an early lead when second row forward Gregor Hayter crashed over for a try after two minutes.
Westoe equalised through winger Peter Phelan, and the visitors went 12-5 ahead at half time when centre Tommy Banks raced over and Mark Bedworth converted.
Tigers were again first to score in the second half, Jamie Broadley getting the touchdown, and they edged in front 3-12 when Jonny West landed a penalty goal.
But a try by left winger Gareth Kerr and Banks’s second touchdown in the 77th minute ended Tigers’ hopes.
Sheffield, promoted from Yorkshire One last season, went straight to the top of North One East on score points when they ran out 55-3 winners in their opening match at Gateshead.
Stand-off Donal Collins kicked 25 of Sheffield’s points, converting all but one of their six tries and adding three penalties and two drop goals.
Centre Joe Cribley touched down twice, while their other tries came from prop Tommy Marples, second row John Dudley, centre Matt Poste and winger Alex Hill.
Dinnington, who narrowly avoided the drop last season, were edged out 27-24 in their Yorkshire Division One opener at Ilkley.
They at least managed a bonus point – for losing by seven points or less – scoring four penalties and a penalty try through Chris Williams, who has joined from East Retford, and a try by No 8 Will Marshall.
Wath on Dearne, last season’s Yorkshire Three winners, went down 30-15 in their opening Yorkshire Two match at Bradford Salem, who have come down from Yorkshire One.
Barnsley, who narrowly missed promotion last season, scraped a 39-38 home win in Yorkshire Two against West Park Leeds.
Left winger Scott Hinchcliffe and No 8 David Reed both scored twice for Barnsley, while Joe South and Andrew Buckingham scored their other tries and Andrew Appleyard kicked three conversions and a penalty.
Promoted Sheffield Medicals got their Yorkshire Three campaign off to a promising start with an 18-12 home win against Baildon.
In a tightly contested game, Medicals went 12-5 ahead with first-half tries by wingers Peter Goodwin and Mike Watters, the latter converted by Eddie Farmer, and after the turnround they had to rely on two Farmer penalty goals.
Rotherham Phoenix beatThornensians 17-0 in Yorkshire Three. Centre Jack Pearson scored Rotherham’s only try, with stand-off Tom Jenkinson landing four penalty goals.
Mosborough fought from behind to secure a 17-7 victory in Yorkshire Four at Halifax.
They had tries by Adam Oates and Dale Adey, who added three goals.
Rawmarsh beat Rotherham Clifton 31-17 in the preliminary round of the Yorkshire Silver Trophy.
Jack Parker, Steve Coulam, Shaun Beecham and Liam Igoe scored tries, while Beecham kicked two penalties and Parker added a drop goal.