Sheffield Tigers and Sheffield RUFC march on with fine wins

Action from the thrilling 20-20 draw between Wheatley Hills RUFC and  Dinnington
Action from the thrilling 20-20 draw between Wheatley Hills RUFC and Dinnington

Sheffield Tigers continued their promotion push with a fourth consecutive bonus point win, scoring four tries in their 34-15 victory at Lymm to move into the top three of National Three North.

Tigers were under siege early in the second half as Lymm fought back to within two points and both sides had players yellow carded.

Tigers gained first blood when winger Chris Keetley raced over for a tenth minute try which Tom Outram converted and, after the Cheshire side had pulled back a try, Tigers took temporary control with a try by full-back Pete Swatkins. Outram again converted and then exchanged penalties to put Tigers 17-8 ahead at the turnround.

Outram landed a second penalty and maintained his perfect record of conversions when Lee Monks, who had come into the backs when Swatkins went off injured, raced over. Then, with five minutes remaining, Tigers clinched the bonus point when second row Josh Redfern crossed.

The crunch match for Tigers is next Saturday, when they travel to leaders Sandal.

Sheffield, the North One East leaders, pulled off what could prove to be the key win of the season when they gained a 17-10 verdict over second placed Percy Park at Abbeydale.

Sheffield conceded a penalty midway through the first half before taking the lead with a try by centre Leigh Sanders, converted by fly-half Jimmy Pearson.

The city club kept their distance with tries by Rupert Broadley and Joe McHale before Park pulled back a late converted try.

Wheatley Hills and Dinnington played out a 20-20 draw in a tight contest that saw Wheatley take a share of the spoils at the death.

Tries from Jalan Farris and John Marshall had helped Dinnington to a 13-6 lead at the break but the home side were still in the game after Owen Gillvray had scored two penalties.

Sam Kelly crashed over for Wheatley early in the second half and Dinnington were rocked by the injury of Johnny West just after the break.

The visitors looked to be heading for victory but they gave away possession to Gillvray and he ran 70 metres with the ball to score and level the scores.

Injury-ravaged Wath on Dearne slipped 32-15 at Old Brodleians, a scoreline which flattered the hosts.

Barnsley had just three penalties from Andrew Appleyard to show for their Yorkshire Two match at Knottingley, where the hosts won 27-9.

At 13-6 at half time, Barnsley’s bid for victory was dashed by two converted second half tries from the West Yorkshire side.

=Sheffield Medicals also lost in Yorkshire Two, 40-14 at Moortown.

Stocksbridge ran out 22-15 winners at Harrogate Pythons in Yorkshire Three, while Sheffield Oaks had no better luck, losing 43-0 at Ossett.

Mosborough moved up to second in Yorkshire Four with a 27-13 victory over York Railway Institute.

Back row Mick Davidson bagged a brace as Lee Bishop and James Shaw scored the other two tries.

They are now 15 points behind runaway leaders Wetherby.