Sheffield back on track

Sheffield RUFC v York . Martin Balshaw apperars to be going into touch .
Sheffield RUFC v York . Martin Balshaw apperars to be going into touch .

A HAT-TRICK of tries from flanker Martin Balshaw put Sheffield back on track in their Yorkshire One campaign.

The home defeat against Heath was put to rest as the Abbeydale side plundered a bonus pioint in their 29-21 victory over York.

The visitors scored the first and last points of the game but Sheffield ruled inbetween as Balshaw helped himself to three tries with the other coming from skipper and No.8 Andy Kelly.

Donal Collins converted three out of four and also landed a penalty early in the second half.

With Heath edged out 18-17 by leaders Malton and Norton, Sheffield once again opened the gap between them and the third-placed side to 11 points and with a game in hand. They still trail Malton by 19 points but have played two games less. Kelly’s men travel to second from bottom Dinnington on Saturday, mindful of the recent meeting between the two sides at Abbeydale when their South Yorkshire neighbours gained a point in a surprise draw.