NESTLE Rowntree RUFC climbed out of the bottom two in Yorkshire Four (South East) thanks to a narrow 28-26 comeback victory at fellow strugglers Stanley Rodilians.

Rowntree travelled hoping to avenge a one-point defeat to Stanley at home and they just about did so despite a below-par performance and despite trailing 14-3, 21-6 and 26-11.

Trees were under pressure from the off and the hosts scored a converted try from a neat chip over the top out wide.

But the visitors otherwise weathered the early storm and came back after 15 minutes with a Dave Harder penalty following a high tackle.

Trees' lineout was misfiring a few times, though, and they kept losing the ball in the tackle. Rods duly crossed after after 35 minutes from another chip by the fly-half, the extras being added.

Trees again responded and Harder dropped a goal to make it 14-6 at the break.

The second half saw Rods pull away with another converted try. Three injuries didn't help Nestle either.

Still, they hit back after fly-half Harder chipped over the top to touch down out wide.

Rods scored again on 55 minutes and a sorry looking Trees side looked beaten at 26-11 down.

However, with captain Greg Neill leading from the front, a good forward drive and a bullocking 50-metre run saw hooker Ryan Roodt score a try for Harder to convert.

Trees were somehow back in it and showing purpose. Centre Jack Stearman then crashed through to score and Harder again converted.

Suddenly, Nestle were firing and Rods, under severe pressure, conceded a late penalty for Harder to convert for victory.

Nestle are now out of action until December due to injuries and holidays.