YORK RUFC went 10 points clear at the top of North One East with a resounding 65-0 win over mid-table Bradford & Bingley.

The victory was the Clifton Park outfit's ninth in a row - should they stretch that to 10 on Saturday at second-placed Cleckheaton, the gap could look even healthier.

York named a consistent 18 with Chris Fox and Luke Stockton in the second row, Toby Atkin and Declan Cusack at scrum-half and fly-half, and Liam Hessay at full-back. Joe Maud is continuing his rehabilitation and rotated with flankers Oscar Bell and Joe Simpson.

With the wind at their backs, York's opening 10 minutes of the game were sound. York played quickly and used their full 15, Cusack securing territorial advantage with a great kick.

Against the wind, Bradford kept the ball in hand and put in work to grind the ball back to midfield. After a turnover though, York passed their way around the defence and Oscar Bell scored from a supporting line.

Simpson got York’s second try a few minutes later when he was on hand after Sam Forbes had made an initial line-break. All of the York backs were making running metres and plenty of chances were being created.

For York’s third try, Jonny Frank committed his defender before passing to Cusack who timed the final pass to Forbes allowing him to score in the corner. Cusack kicked a class conversion.

John Aikman got York’s bonus-point try after Stockton had secured a turnover, running in under the posts from 30 metres. Cusack added a fourth conversion.

York scored once more before half-time when they gained almost all of the ground needed through structured play and a strong set piece. Atkin then passed short from a ruck to Shane Goulding, who went over to make it 33-0 at the break.

Bradford had the wind behind them for the second half but the game's pattern remained the same. Goulding evaded the defence and notched his second try and Ross White added a touchdown as York retained possession and continued to attack.

Bradford still competed well but number eight Tom Cummins then picked up a yellow card.

With Joel Bradley deputising at scrum-half, Atkin received a pass on the wing. The defence was depleted and he was able to run it in to score York’s 50th point before getting his second try, again from the wing.

York scored twice more as the game closed. Hessay got on the outside of his defender from full-back to glide in and Stockton received a bounce pass from Maud for the final try.

An error-strewn Malton & Norton paid the price as they slipped to a 31-12 defeat at Durham City.

The Gannock remain eighth but missed the chance to rise two places following Scarborough's defeat and Bradford & Bingley's walloping.

With the wind at their backs, Durham kicked off and won a penalty from a resulting line-out - an ominous start to proceedings.

However, a break down the left by Tom Hoggard deep into Durham territory set up a move through the backs for a visit to the Durham line. The forwards powered over and Bailey Lamb's try was converted by Paul Angus on six minutes.

But three minutes later, Durham were level as their number nine walked through the gap at the tail unhindered to register a seven-pointer and a 29th-minute penalty gave them the lead.

Worse was to follow on 32 minutes when a long clearance kick from Durham was well fielded just inside Malton's half by Hoggard and a call for an interchange with winger Ali Fothergill was inexplicably dropped in midfield. It was seized upon by a Durham flanker, who set up a seven-pointer for a grateful home side.

From Malton's kick off, the ball was returned deep into Malton's half and Malt chose to run it out of the danger zone but a mix-up in midfield and a dropped ball led to a Durham scrum and another converted try.

Durham received a yellow card on the hour but Malt could not make the most of the scrum penalty before squandering possession over the next 10 minutes.

On 73 minutes, Malton collected themselves and blindside winger Ali Fothergill went over for five points from a simple move wide out.

But in injury time, Durham rubbed salt into the gaping Malton wound when their number three waltzed to the line through at least three men to earn a well-deserved bonus point.

Malt host Driffield on Saturday.

Pocklington lost 22-20 at third-placed Driffield.

Selby lost 43-7 at Old Crossleyans in Yorkshire One.

York RI lost 24-3 at unbeaten Bramley Phoenix in Yorkshire Four Shield.

Baptiste Briu pulled a penalty back for RI when they were 7-0 down.

On Saturday, RI host Halifax.

Nestle Rowntree lost 31-23 at Leeds Medics & Dentists in Yorkshire Four Shield.

Ryan Roodt scored twice, with Jack Gabbatiss and Sevu Tui also touching down.

Trees host Thirsk on February 15.