Otley fail to take chances to leave anniversary celebrations muted

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Otley’S 150th anniversary celebrations fell flat following a 29-10 home defeat at the hands of Leicester Lions.

With a bumper crowd at Cross Green a big performance was hoped for, but it failed to materialise as they failed to take numerous chances.

Having had to make three changes, Otley were in trouble when, on 20 minutes, marksman Joshua Cruise hobbled off and then, just before the break, Mike Coady was yellow-carded.

Cruise had given Otley the lead with a penalty but converted tries from Oliver Taylor and Robert Young put the Lions ahead. Winger Alexander Beaumont went in at the corner and Sam Allen converted before the break.

Although dominant throughout most of the second half, Otley failed to score whilst Lions made the most of their chances with converted tries from scrum-half Adam Shaw and No 7 Oliver Pavoas.

A dominant Harrogate scrum was the key to a comprehensive 27-18 win at Luctonians.

The first score was a home penalty from Johnny Morris when Harrogate went offside.

Dazzling Harrogate back attacks followed but their first try came after Boyde stripped the ball from a Lucs forward drive and ran 20 metres to the line with power and pace. Bottomley was in support to score.

No 8 Danny Smith crashed over for the hosts but Bottomley made it 10-8 at the interval.

Morris’s kick put Lucs back in front but the Harrogate backs took control. Minikin’s penalty restored the lead before he converted his own try.

Callum Irvine, Harrogate’s replacement stand-off, intercepted to race in from halfway.

Luctonians fought to the end and a powerful run from flanker Matt Hackley was supported by replacement hooker Jordan Street, who scored a consolation converted try.

Huddersfield picked up a losing bonus point with a late try in a 23-17 defeat at Tynedale.

After falling behind 7-3, Huddersfield scrum-half Dan Jeffrey scored a try which was converted by fly-half Chris Bell but Tynedale struck a penalty to close the half.

They went 23-10 ahead with two more tries but Huddersfield touched down through debutant winger Gypsy Black and Bell converted.

Sandal made it two wins from two after promotion with a 12-6 home victory over a big and powerful Stourbridge side.

Greg Wood kicked three penalties for a 9-0 half-time lead. Stourbridge pulled back a penalty but that was cancelled out when fly-half Wood added his fourth to make it 12-3. Stourbridge opted to kick a last-gasp penalty to make sure of a bonus point.