SSE National League Round Up

Last Updated: Mar 20, 2014 03:41pm
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By Nicol McClelland
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SSE National League One


A 23-13 win over Blaydon at Dry Leas saw Henley move out of the relegation zone and up three places to 12th in the SSE National League One table.

Having set up the Hawks' first two tries, James Comben scored himself to hand the home side a 20-5 lead at half-time. Three points from his second penalty of the afternoon was all they could muster in the second half though.
In the only other National One game to be played on Saturday, relegation rivals Cinderford went down to an agonising one-point defeat at home to Richmond to leave them in the bottom three. In a topsy-turvy match where the lead changed hands four times, Rob Kirby's 76th-minute penalty proved to be decisive. Richmond move up a place to eighth as a result of the 29-28 victory in the Forest of Dean, while Cinderford are two points off safety with a couple of games in hand.

Results Saturday March 15
Cinderford 28 Richmond 29
Henley 23 Blaydon 13

SSE National League Two North

Interim head coach David Holmes was unable to mark his first game in charge of Sheffield Tigers with a win as the relegation-threatened Dore Moor outfit fell to a 35-28 defeat away to Luctonians.

The Tigers, who parted company with Dan Richmond in the week, remain in the bottom three and some 11 points from safety at the foot of the SSE National League Two North table. A devastating display from Drew Cheshire did the damage, a four-try return from the winger taking his overall tally for the season to 19.
A 34-28 defeat to local rivals Birmingham & Solihull leaves second-from-bottom Bromsgrove staring at the drop. Two tries in the space of six second-half minutes from Bees' replacement hooker Nick Bingham as good as sealed the fate of the Boars, who now look certain to be relegated from this level.
Preston Grasshoppers recorded their first home win since November after running in six tries to beat Hull 43-13 at Lightfoot Green.

Results Saturday March 15
Bromsgrove 28 Birmingham & Solihull 34
Luctonians 35 Sheffield Tigers 28
Preston Grasshoppers 43 Hull 13

SSE National League Two South
Karim Lynch scored the match-winning try as Bournemouth came out on top against Exmouth in the battle of the bottom two at Chapel Gate. Full-back Lynch struck seven minutes from time as the Lions won 24-17.
None of the other relegation-threatened sides were able to win at the weekend, with Launceston still occupying the third and final relegation place following a 36-13 defeat at Cambridge. The Blood and Sand scored three tries in each half to cement seventh place in the table.
Dings Crusaders, Chinnor, London Irish Wild Geese and Redruth are all still very much within their reach though, with only eight points separating the Cornish All Blacks and 10th-placed Duchy rivals Redruth.
No.8 Rupert Ransom crossed twice for Shelford as Redruth were beaten, 37-15, while Dean Adamson scored deep into injury-time for 14-man Ampthill & District to deny Chinnor a much-needed win. High-flying Ampthill played the entire second half a man down after lock Karl Braband was shown a straight red card.
Dings Crusaders, meanwhile, lost for the second home match in a row although they were far from disgraced in losing 20-17 to promotion-chasing Canterbury. Aiden Moss' try seven minutes from time saw them return home to Kent with the points.
In the proverbial game of two halves, Taunton scored 24 second-half points to cancel out the 24 Bishop's Stortford managed before the break to earn a share of the spoils and maintain their unbeaten home record at Hyde Park.

Results Saturday March 15
Bournemouth 24 Exmouth 17
Cambridge 36 Launceston 13
Chinnor 31 Ampthill & District 35
Dings Crusaders 17 Canterbury 20
Shelford 37 Redruth 15
Taunton 24 Bishop's Stortford 24


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