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Wath-on-Dearne drop York RUFC to fourth with home win
9:58am Monday 14th October 2013 in Rugby Union
BACK-TO-BACK defeats have seen York RUFC drop from first to fourth in Yorkshire One.
The Clifton Parkers followed their home defeat by Doncaster Phoenix with a 19-3 reverse at Wath-on-Dearne on Saturday.
The visitors took the lead on 13 minutes when centre Rich Downey landed a penalty. However, after flanker Steve Kerr was sin-binned, Wath forced their way into the York 22 and levelled with a penalty.
An infringement by the York forwards allowed Wath to go move 6-3 in front by half-time, with both sides missing a penalty chance late in the half. Continual pressure led to York conceding a further penalty on 48 minutes, with Wath taking a 9-3 advantage.
York needed to get back into the game quickly and they were given a chance when they were awarded a penalty, with the referee dismissing claims for a penalty try.
A Wath player was sin-binned and the visitors opted for the scrum rather than to take the simple penalty and three points with 24 minutes left on the clock.
York lost the ball and had to wait another 14 minutes before enjoying another attacking position, with Wath conceding a penalty inside their 22. The simple kick would have put York three behind with ten minutes to go, but they chose to kick for touch and failed to throw straight into the lineout.
The home side kicked a fourth penalty on 33 minutes and they quickly added a converted try to seal the match.
Selby suffered their third defeat in six matches as they lost 25-17 at Ilkley in Yorkshire One.
In Yorkshire Four, a late try denied York RI victory at Hornsea as the hosts snatched a 12-11 win.
In the face of an 18-4 penalty count against them in the first half, RI led 6-0 at the break thanks to two penalties from Liam Watling.
Hornsea scored a converted try to lead 7-6, but a massive RI forward drive resulted in Yohan Barthelemy getting a touch down for an 11-7 lead before the hosts’ late score.
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