By Jack Sinclair

YORK RUFC sit 11 points clear at the top of North One East following a competitive, if not pretty, 36-15 win at 12th-placed Percy Park.

The Clifton Park outfit took the lead through Cade Robinson, who crossed close to the posts after good play with Joe Maud. Liam Hessay converted.

Park were robustly competitive and won a penalty close to the York 22 with Ash Smith converting.

There followed one of the match highlights, with York driving in midfield, Sam Forbes making the half break and feeding Robinson before Sam Elliot was sent clear in at the corner. Hessay converted.

From the restart, York struggled to clear their lines and were again penalised for an infringement on the ground. Park went for the corner and from the resultant line out, York prop Will Scholey was caught for not rolling away and was binned.

With Park a man up, Ruairi Meharg slipped through for an unconverted try.

York were beginning to look shaky and Park, with their tails up, took the lead with Smith converting another Meharg try.

Visiting skipper Ross White came to the fore and his driving runs regained the initiative for York. Dan Coe scampered over following a good ball-stripping by Chris Fox.

Hessay added a valuable three points before half-time.

Luke Stockton touched down for a converted try after the break and, as Park pushed for another try, York resisted and Elliot notched a 60-yard try to seal the win. Ben Dyson-Dent added the conversion.

York next host Huddersfield YMCA.

Malton & Norton moved seventh in North One East with a 12-6 derby win at home to Pocklington.

Rob Featherstone barged his way over for the only try of the first half, with Paul Angus converting.

Despite Malt being camped in the Pocklington 25 metre area, the visitors held firm and saw out the 7-0 deficit until the break.

Pocklington had the wind advantage in the second period and Christian Pollock put that to good use, pinning Malton in their own half with some strong kicking.

Six minutes after the restart, Pollock reduced the Malton lead with a penalty goal.

Malton responded through a vital turnover from Ben Tenge, which put Malton in the scoring zone and two minutes later Pocklington were shown their second yellow card of the game, having seen one player sin-binned late in the first half.

From the resulting penalty, Malton hooker Bailey Lamb feigned a dummy and set up a ruck for captain Matt Bowman to pick up and drive over for an unconverted try.

Malton had to defend several plays on their own tryline for the final 10 minutes and Pock's Euan Walker went over, but saw his effort disallowed and Malt ground out the four points.

Next up for Malton is a trip to ninth-placed Kendal while Pock host Bradford & Bingley.

Selby lost 35-17 at West Leeds in Yorkshire One. At the weekend, the Swans host table-topping Old Brodleians.

York RI beat Burley 12-6 in Yorkshire Four Premier thanks to tries from Lewis Starbuck and Jonny Evans, the latter converted by Dan Lee. On Saturday, RI visit Halifax.

Yorkshire Four Shield leaders Nestle Rowntree won 29-10 at Knaresborough. Ryan Roodt, Mick Welsh, Rhys Carlyle, Zak Hardy and Ryan Corker were the tryscorers. Jack Daniels added a conversion.

Trees host Leeds Medics & Dentists on Saturday.