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SSE National League 2 North Round 7 review

Last Updated: Oct 25, 2013 06:11pm
Prestbury, Cheshire East
By Nicol McClelland
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Macclesfield moved to the top of the SSE National League Two North table for the first time this season after scoring four second-half tries to run out comfortable winners against Harrogate at Priory Park. 

The Blues overturned a five-point half-time deficit to win 42-28 and leapfrog previous leaders Stourbridge into first place.

Stourbridge won a war of attrition with Sedgley Park thanks to a 17th-minute try from lock Niles Dacres.  James Hearn landed the resulting conversion to turn five points into seven. A forgettable second half failed to produce any further points to leave the final scoreline 7-0 in the Saxons' favour.

Third-placed Darlington Mowden Park managed to bag a bonus-point win at home to Caldy even though star full-back Henry Robinson failed to score. While Caldy kept the division's leading try scorer (with 10) at bay, they were powerless to prevent Grant Connon marking his seasonal bow after a long-term injury with a convincing 38-5 win. Connon contributed 16 points to the DMP cause through a try, four conversions and a penalty.

Otley, in fourth, head a cluster of six clubs separated by just five points. Fly-half Mark Ireland was the star of the show in a 40-16 win over Sheffield Tigers at Cross Green, his 25-point haul including two tries, three conversions and three penalties.

Sheffield remain rooted to the bottom of the table without a win to their name, a fate shared by Dudley Kingswinford who went down to defeat number seven away to local rivals Bromsgrove. The Boars looked out of sight when leading 26-5 just past the half-hour mark following a brace of scores from scrum-half George de Cothi. DK hit back though, posting three tries in 14 second-half minutes to trail by just four points. A penalty from Jon Critchlow right at the death settled the home side's nerves and they went on to celebrate a second win of the season.

Preston Grasshoppers came away from Herefordshire with the narrowest of victories against Luctonians. Hooker Phil Mills scored 'Hoppers' only try of the match, with fly-half Lewis Allen kicking 14 points in the 19-18 win. Drew Cheshire crossed twice for the home side.

Despite losing three men to the sin-bin, Birmingham & Solihull picked up all five points from their trip to Hull. Full-back Oscar Heath scored twice, while fly-half Adam Canning, who was one of the Bees' players to see yellow, kicked 12 points.

The remaining game of the weekend between Leicester Lions and Chester went the way of the Midlands outfit, 14-0. Lions scored a try through Rob Young and a penalty try, both converted by Jon Boden.


Round 7 results, Saturday October 19, 2013

Bromsgrove 32 Dudley Kingswinford 25

Darlington Mowden Park 38 Caldy 5

Hull 21 Birmingham & Solihull 32

Leicester Lions 14 Chester 0

Luctonians 18 Preston Grasshoppers 19

Macclesfield 42 Harrogate 28

Otley 40 Sheffield Tigers 16

Stourbridge 7 Sedgley Park 0


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