Boyde and Minikin excel as Enslin settles the final Claro Road derby

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Harrogate are scheduled to move to their new ground in January so this nail-biting 26-25 win was their last Claro Road local derby against Otley.

They went into a 13-0 lead after 17 minutes but Otley came back strongly and had by far the better of the second half. In the last move of the match, Willem Enslin drove over from a maul to score and give Harrogate a narrow win.

After a Joe Rowntree penalty, Andy Boyde set up Lewis Minikin who outstripped the defence to score. Rowntree’s conversion made it 10-0 and he soon added three more points after another searing Boyde break.

Stephen Depledge kicked a penalty before Sam Cook’s powerful powerful burst put Harry Hudson over in the corner for a converted try. Just before the interval, a Boyde drive created another attack and Minikin’s second try made it 18-10.

Jack Scott-Paul took full advantage of Harrogate’s poor restart to score but the straightforward conversion attempt was missed which proved crucial.

Rowntree’s 45-metre penalty extended the home lead before Hudson scored his second converted try to put Otley ahead for the first time. A Depledge penalty edged them further ahead until Enslin’s last gasp plunge for the line sealed Harrogate’s win.

Hull edged ahead of their Midlands rivals Luctonians with a 
23-20 victory at Mortimer Park.

Hull opened with a penalty from James Cameron and, after Luctonians had scored the first try, the visitors regained control when winger Jesse Bright raced over for the first of his two tries, Cameron converting.

Cameron’s second penalty saw Hull turn round 13-10 ahead and they consolidated their lead with Bright’s second touchdown. Centre Tomasi Tanumi completed Hull’s try scoring, but Luctonians salvaged a losing bonus with two more.

Captain Joseph Makin led from the front with a hat-trick as Hull Ionians ran in eight tries in a 
52-15 win over Stockport.

Ben Winterburn crashed over for his first of two tries.

Makin put away his first two tries and Alex Campbell added another before the break. Makin completed his hat-trick and tries from Winterburn, Sam Wilson and Stephen Slingsby put the game out of reach for Stockport.

Huddersfield completed back-to-back wins for the first time with a 19-12 success at Leicester Lions.

Captain Nick Sharpe crashed over with a bulldozing run and Huddersfield went into half-time with the wind in their sails following two Joel Hinchliffe penalties.

The hosts took a narrow lead with two penalties, only for another Hinchliffe penalty and a try courtesy of great work from Tom Hodson to send Ben Mitchell scampering over, sealed the win.