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Defeats for those at the wrong end of the table

Last Updated: Jan 31, 2014 10:55am
Tanworth-in-Arden, Stratford-on-Avon
By Nicol McClelland
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The SSE National League Two North standings remain largely unaltered after wins for the top three sides and defeats for those struggling at the wrong end of the table in Round 20.

Despite scoring three tries with 35 minutes to go, league leaders Darlington Mowden Park had to settle for a 15-13 victory – and a regulation four points - against steadily improving Birmingham & Solihull at the Northern Echo Arena.

Second-placed Macclesfield cut Mowden Park's advantage at the top of the table to a point after they recorded a bonus-point, 30-6 win at home to Chester. It took 25 second-half points without reply though, including a brace of tries for Matt King, for the Blues to overturn a 6-5 half-time deficit and end Chester's seven-game winning run.

Stourbridge are only three points off the pace after a five-try, 31-7 win against relegation-threatened Sheffield Tigers. A well as a penalty try there were scores for Nigel Mukarati (2), Sam Robinson and Stefan Shillingford.

The defeat leaves Sheffield six points from safety as Hull, the side immediately above them in the table, thrashed basement side Dudley Kingswinford 62-0. Full-back Jamie Barnard was the star of the show for Hull with a hat-trick of tries inside the first half an hour.  It wasn't a perfect day for Hull, however, with prop Harrison Lloyd sent off late on.

In losing all 20 games to date, 'DK' have shipped over 1,000 points and are 13 points adrift of 15th-placed Bromsgrove, who had to settle for the consolation of a losing bonus point at home to Harrogate. The Worcestershire side battled throughout but it was the visitors who went home victorious, 23-17, after tries from James Audsley-Beck, Callum Irvine and Rob Adair.

Leicester Lions outscored Sedgley Park five tries to one to beat their high-flying opponents 34-10 at Lutterworth Road. Scrum-half Danny Campbell and flanker Tom Morris led the way with a brace of tries apiece, in a game that was temporarily halted due to the appalling conditions.

Otley lost by the narrowest of margins for the second week running after slipping to a 13-12 home defeat at the hands of Preston Grasshoppers. Meanwhile, the mid-table battle between Luctonians and Caldy was abandoned by the referee after 20 minutes after Caldy lock Tom Sanders required lengthy treatment for a serious-looking injury.

Round 20 results Saturday January 25

Bromsgrove 17 Harrogate 23

Darlington Mowden Park 15 Birmingham & Solihull 13

Hull 62 Dudley Kingswinford 0

Leicester Lions 34 Sedgley Park 10

Luctonians A Caldy A

Macclesfield 30 Chester 6

Otley 12 Preston Grasshoppers 13

Stourbridge 31 Sheffield Tigers 7

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