YORK RUFC stretched their unbeaten run to ten league and cup games – but it should have been with a victory rather than a home draw against Yorkshire One promotion-chasers Huddersfield YMCA.
The Clifton Parkers are the form side in the division and they proved their weather-enforced winter break had not interrupted their flow with a superb display against second-placed YMCA.
However, with the hosts leading 35-28 and only two minutes left on the clock, YMCA scored a try with the last play of the game and converted to level the scores.
York deserved to win the game, with Jon Dawes back in their ranks and delivering 25 points from the boot at 90 per cent success rate.
YMCA opened the scoring on five minutes with a clean centre break through the middle of the York defence, with the conversion making it 7-0.
Dawes then kicked two penalties, but York’s Joe Kirker was sin-binned for a shoulder charge.
With York defending their line close to the left touchline, Steve Kerr’s efforts to drive the ball to touch were deemed worthy of a penalty try and it was quickly 14-6.
York were using the ball well but could not penetrate the visiting defence, but Dawes kicked another penalty.
Intelligent play from York saw winger Billy Cakaunitabua side- foot a kick towards the posts for Kirker to run on and score, with Dawes adding the extras to give the hosts a 16-14 half-time lead.
YMCA scored a converted try five minutes after the restart, but then York were awarded a penalty try and a YMCA player was sin-binned for intentional offside at the ruck.
Dawes kicked three more penalties and YMCA responded with a converted try.
Heading into the last five minutes, Dawes kicked another penalty, but York failed to get out of their own 22 from the kick off and YMCA bagged the crucial equalising try and conversion.
Meanwhile, basement side York RI lost 46-10 at home to Thornensians in Yorkshire Three.
RI took a deserved three-point lead courtesy of a drop goal by fly-half Baptiste Brui on eight minutes.
The visitors replied with an unconverted try, but RI regained the lead when Brui dummied his way over and added the conversion to make it 10-5 on 20 minutes.
RI missed two kickable penalties and were made to pay as Thornensians led 12-10 at the break and then cruised clear in the second half aided by two yellow cards.