A SEVENTH straight defeat kept New Earswick All Blacks ARLC rooted to the bottom of the Pennine League premier division.

The York side lost 30-6 to leaders Drighlington at White Rose Avenue, leaving them two points adrift of Kippax Welfare at the foot of the table.

The opening 20 minutes were tight with neither side able to capitalise on their scoring opportunities.

Drighlington opened the scoring with a converted try after 22 minutes and they doubled their advantage ten minutes later to give them a 12-0 lead at the break.

In the second half, All Blacks started the stronger with good work from acting-half by hooker Alan Pallister enabling second-rower Daryl Fogg to power over from close range.

Winger Carl Fernandez converted to close the gap to six points.

Drighlington scored three further tries to seal the victory, but the All Blacks refused to throw in the towel.

Both sides were reduced to 12 men after a player from each side was sin-binned for fighting, but there was no further scoring.

Man of the match for the hosts was scrum-half Ben Jones, who looked dangerous with ball in hand.

Loose-forward Dan Wellard made some strong drives forward, full-back Steve Perks was always dangerous running the ball in, and substitute hooker Nick Speck also played well on his return to the side.

In contrast, the All Blacks ‘A’ returned to the top of division five with a 36-12 triumph at Halifax side Kings Cross Park.

All Blacks ‘A’ were missing four senior players, but they stuck to coach Dave Carling’s game plan and it paid off.

After five minutes, prop Sam Waite crossed for the opening try and loose-forward Dan Fairclough added a second, converted by Dean Layton.

All Blacks dominated the remainder of the first half, with tries from Layton, Jack Law, Dan Atkinson, Dan Elliott and Elliott Bridges. Layton converted the Bridges score.

After the break, King Cross Park restricted All Blacks to a single Mike Wall try.

Forward Ben Fairburn made some impressive drives, while Bobby Smith, Jack Carling and captain Ben Cooper also shone.

Selby Warriors made it eight wins from ten games as they beat Hoyland Vikings 56-6 in division four.

The club’s ‘A’ team suffered a 53-6 defeat at Westgate Wolves ‘A’ in round one of the Pennine Supplementary Cup.

Heworth ‘A’ were beaten 46-0 at Chequerfield Rangers in division two of the CMS Yorkshire League.

The Villagers’ tackling could not match the strong running of a robust home side who led 22-0 at the break.

After the interval, Heworth kept the Pontefract side at bay for 20 minutes, but the hosts finished with a flourish.

Heworth were well served by Andy Plant and Danny Sinclair, plus under-18s players Ollie Cook and Dan Craig.

York Acorn ‘A’ slipped to fourth after a 20-4 defeat at Kettlethorpe.

Dean Wardell scored Acorn’s only try, while their top performer was forward Daryl North.