Seven point lead for Doncaster

SSE National League One

Last Updated: Feb 5, 2014 05:43pm
Loughborough Nanpantan, Charnwood
By Nicol McClelland
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A comfortable 31-12 victory away to Loughborough Students combined with defeat for second-placed Rosslyn Park enabled SSE National League One leaders Doncaster to open up a seven-point gap at the top of the table.

The Knights profited from the home side's ill-discipline, the students having four men sent to the sin-bin – three of the yellow cards coming in as many second half minutes.

Prolific wing Tyson Lewis grabbed a try double as the Knights came away from their first-ever visit to the University campus with maximum points.

Rosslyn Park lost ground on the Knights after a surprise home defeat to local rivals Blackheath. Tries from Hamish Graham and Dave Allen gave 'Club' victory and moved them out of the bottom three. They are replaced in the relegation zone by Cinderford who dropped three places as a result of their home game against Blaydon being called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Tynedale keep them company there, alongside basement side Hull Ionians, despite a hugely creditable 26-7 win over in-form Fylde at Corbridge. Centre Ben Frankland followed up his four-try haul in the last home game with an early brace, while Tynedale's other tries came from fellow backs Sep Visser and Craig Willis.

Ionians, meanwhile, suffered their heaviest defat of the season after going down to a 53-7 home defeat at the hands of Old Albanians. Old A's racked up a total of nine tries and the final scoreline could have been much bigger had fly-half Laurence Rayner managed more than four conversions. Veteran flanker Laurence White scored a brace of tries.

The division's top two points scorers came together at the Butts Park Arena as Cliffie Hodgson's Coventry welcomed Tom Barrett and his Wharfedale team-mates to the Butts Park Arena.

Coventry came out on top, winning 22-10 thanks to tries from Mark Kohler, Will Hurrell and Max Northcote-Green. Hodgson kicked seven points to Barrett's five but the latter remains just out in front in the overall standings.

Elsewhere, Esher returned to winning ways after a 36-19 victory over Worthing, while Richmond moved up a couple of places in the table to 11th after a 25-10 home win over Henley.

Round 21 results, Saturday February 1

Cinderford P Blaydon P

Coventry 22 Wharfedale 10

Esher 36 Worthing 19

Hull Ionians 7 Old Albanians 53

Loughborough Students 12 Doncaster 31

Richmond 25 Henley 10

Rosslyn Park 12 Blackheath 15

Tynedale 26 Fylde 7


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