The Darlington forwards looked strong for a lengthy period of the second half and with the gap narrowed to 31-21 looked for a bonus try and to get even closer. A breakaway try from Dan Tai seemed to finish them off and another quick attack from Dale led to a penalty try and gave Wharfedale a comfortable victory.
Ali Wade opened the scoring for Dale. Jamie Guy kicked the first of his conversions reaching 100 per cent on the day.
He stretched the lead to 10 points with a simple penalty before Max Wright and James Doherty crossed.
Simon Uzokwe opened Darlington’s account, Garry Law slotted the extras. Wharfedale forced Nathan Myers over before Darlington surged back into the game with converted tries from Benjamin Frankland and Uzokwe.
A mis-firing home pack led to Hull Ionians’ downfall as visitors Coventry emerged narrow 16-21 victors at Brantingham Park.
The Midlands outfit were 12-0 up with tries from Sam Pailor and Devlin Hope.
Ionians hit back with a penalty from a scrum infringement and Aquile Smith dashed through to make it 8-12.
Coventry – restored to 15 men following an earlier sin-binning – slotted over two penalties to make it 8-18 at half time.
Ionians replied with a Foden try, but Coventry eased the pressure somewhat with a penalty on 72 minutes which put them two scores ahead, meaning that although Isaac Green matched it with two minutes left, it only served to give them a losing bonus point where they could’ve grabbed the win.