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York stay out in front in Yorkshire One after dramatic North Ribblesdale win
10:59am Monday 30th September 2013 in Sport
YORKSHIRE One leaders York RUFC conjured a last-minute try to snatch a 31-30 victory at North Ribblesdale.
The visitors trailed 15-12 at the break and fell 30-12 behind during a poor spell in the second half, before they rallied to record a fourth successive win.
The Dalesmen opened their account after ten minutes with an unconverted try and York then lost flanker Steve Kerr to the sin-bin.
Poor tackling let Ribblesdale in for a second score before York’s Alex Nixon was held up short of the line after good work from lock Dave Bates and Willem Enslin.
A Bates catch and drive got York within sight of the home line and a poor clearing kick allowed Eddie Bradshaw and Kerr make room for Hugh Nicholson to score wide out.
The hosts shunted over from a scrum for a third try.
York forced a five-metre scrum and Bates went in for their second try. Rich Downey converted.
The home side added a try and a penalty to their tally before a mix-up in the York backs led to a further converted touch down.
Good handling from Will Dutton and Enslin put Joe Kirker in at the corner and Downey landed a superb conversion. Toby Atkin finished off another good York attack with a try under the posts and Downey’s conversion convinced York they could turn the game round in the final ten minutes.
A Ribblesdale forward was yellow-carded for deliberate offside as York went for the winner.
Nixon and Enslin were tackled just short of the try-line before a long pass from Nixon gave Billy Cakaunitabua a clear run for the corner to give York the narrowest of victories.
Meanwhile, promoted Selby moved up to sixth place with their second win of the campaign.
The Swans were 33-14 winners at Keighley, who are finding life tough in Yorkshire One after being relegated from North One East.
There was no game for York RI in Yorkshire Four.
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