Wath stay in the hunt

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Wath on Dearne retained third place in Yorkshire Division One after a bonus-point home win over Bridlington.

Wath ran in four tries in the 27-10 victory - meaning all top four sides in the league - Driffield, Huddersfield, Wath and Ilkley - all secured bonus point wins, leaving the promotion situation unchanged.

Wath were given an early scare, however, when Bridlington opened the scoring with a try near the corner flag, which was impressively converted from the touchline.

However, from a maul, Wath’s blind side flanker Guy Pickets crashed over the Bridlington line, and soon after fly-half Ashley Rothery raced over for a try which Tom Quinn converted.

From another maul, second row Simon Lines was credited with the touchdown to leave Wath 17-7 at the half-time break.

The Seasiders began the second half strongly and scored a converted try to close the gap to three points, but Wath full-back eased the pressure somewhat with a try converted by Quinn.

Again, Bridlington reduced the arrears with a long-range try, but Wath had the final word when Quinn slotted over a penalty with ten minutes to go.

Barnsley’s troubles worsened, meanwhile, when they were battered 66-14 by Yorkshire One leaders Driffield.

The Shaw Lane club remain second from bottom in the league table.

But they must keep one eye over their shoulder as the season goes on - bottom club Knottingley are now level on league points after pulling off a surprise 39-23 home win over Old Brodleians and scoring a bonus point with five tries.

Driffield left Barnsley shell shocked, running in eight tries in the first half to trail 52-0 at the break.

The visitors kept their spirits up, however, and scored the first points of the second half when flanker Joe South crashed over for a try which Patrick Jensen converted.

Barnsley were then awarded a penalty try, and Jensen again added the extras.

Doncaster Phoenix extended their lead in Yorkshire Two with a 28-16 victory at Leodiensian.

Player-coach Ryan Peacey led by example with two tries, and winger Dan Greenslade and prop Daniel Morris also got in on the act.

Fly-half Dan Storey kicked all four conversions, to cap a great team performance.