Pace and power prove Sandal’s credentials

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SANDAL ran in four second-half tries as their pace and power proved irresistible in a 46-7 triumph at Kendal.

Sandal took the lead with a try by centre Dave Martin, fly-half Greg Wood landing the conversion. Kendal hit back to level the scores but the visitors led at the break following a try from Mark Pease and Wood’s penalty.

As the game progressed, space started to appear for Sandal to press home their attacking advantage and, after an early penalty, a kick by Wood to the open side was fielded by James Ellar who switched play inside for full-back Tom Coad to score.

The conversion took it to 25-7 before scrum-half Max Whittingham added another, which was converted again by Wood, to take the game out of Kendal’s reach.

Coad’s converted second try extended the lead to 39-7, leaving the final touchdown to come from winger Ellar, with Wood’s kick rounding things off.

A missed stoppage-time penalty saw Harrogate miss out 
21-20 at home to Percy Park.

Two penalties by Ashley Smith against a reply from Callum Irvine handed the visitors a 6-3 lead at half-time.

Liam Blackburn’s try, converted by Smith, extended the visitors’ lead, although an infringement gave Irvine a penalty chance which he converted before Peter Wackett split Park’s defence with a brilliant converted try.

Park’s response was immediate through George Lewis’s try and, although a fine move resulted in Oli Denton’s classy try – converted by Irvine – Park held out.

A poor start to the second half proved costly for Bradford & Bingley as they slipped to a ninth defeat of the season – going down 36-18 at home to Chester.

Leading 13-10 at the break, three tries in seven minutes ended all hope of a Bees’ victory.

Two penalties from Richard Scull, together with his conversion of Adam Wellington’s try, had given Bees a good start.

But their only other score came from Dan Jeffery, by which time the damage had been done by the visitors.