Hull Ionians beat Peterborough Lions to go top

Hull Ionians ran in five tries on the weekend
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Hull Ionians continued their perfect start to the National Two North season as they proved too strong for Peterborough Lions in Round Three.

The I’s, who were relegated from National One in April, have begun the campaign with three bonus-point wins and they already look good for a promotion challenge.

Hinckley and Chester also remain undefeated after excellent victories over Wharfedale and Leicester Lions, respectively.

Fylde clicked into gear against Macclesfield to thrash the Blues at Woodlands while there were also solid victories for Sheffield Tigers and Sedgley Park.

Elsewhere, Stourbridge and Huddersfield were involved in much tighter affairs, but both sealed home wins.

Hull Ionians 34-12 Peterborough Lions

Hull Ionians have moved to the top of National Two North following a comfortable triumph over Peterborough Lions at Brantingham Park.

The I’s crossed on three occasions in the first half through Sam Wilson, Isaac Green and James Tincknell with further tries from Ben Bell and Seremaia Turagabeci completing the victory in the second period.

Sam Crane also slotted a drop goal for the hosts while Peterborough Lions’ points came via Christopher Cutts and Jack Askham.

Hinckley 33-24 Wharfedale

Hinckley maintained their winning start to the season by beating Wharfedale at Leicester Road.

Ryan Hough and Tom Wheatcroft both touched down in the first half for Hinckley, but the hosts trailed 17-14 at half-time with Rhys Lovegrove and Rian Hamilton crossing for Wharfedale while Tom Mann also landed a penalty.

Joe Wilson levelled the contest from tee after the interval, but Dale edged in front once again as William Bell touched down just after the hour.

However, the aforementioned Wilson stole the show in the final quarter as a try and two penalties guided Hinckley to victory.

Chester 24-12 Leicester Lions

Chester ground out a third straight win over a spirted Leicester Lions side to continue their excellent start to the season.

Devon Constant opened the scoring for the Lions after just four minutes, but a brace from Michael Craven gave Chester a slender advantage at the break.

Alick Croft and Ben Spokes exchanged scores in a quiet second period, before Rhodri Parry wrapped up the bonus-point win for Chester on the 79th minute.

Fylde 46-8 Macclesfield

Fylde secured their second home win of the season in style as they thumped Macclesfield at Woodlands.

Thomas Grimes, Sam Dugdale and Tom Carleton all scored tries to help the hosts towards a commanding 27-3 lead at the break.

Macc, who remain without a win this term, fell further behind after the interval when Henry Hadfield dotted down, but they did respond when Sam Moss crossed.

But Connor Wilkinson and Hadfield put the icing on the cake for Fylde who bounced back emphatically after their derby day defeat to Preston Grasshoppers in Round Two.

South Leicester 22-41 Sheffield Tigers

Sheffield Tigers made it back to back wins thanks to a seven-try victory over South Leicester in the Midlands.

Jamie Broadley, William Wallace and Dominic O’Connor went over for the Tigers before South hit back with a try from Daniel Ireland.

However, the visitors led 24-10 at the break with Henri Packard crossing before Sheffield surged clear after the restart following scores from Frank Wragg, Packard and Kian Rix.

Ben Palmer and Carl Strickson went over in the second 40 for South, but it wasn’t enough to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

Sedgley Park 40-10 Otley

Sedgley Park bounced back from a defeat against Wharfedale in Round Two as they waltzed to a bonus-point win over Otley.

It was the visitors who made the better start as Adam Malthouse dotted down inside the opening eight minutes, but Sedge were ahead at half-time following tries from Jamie Harrison and Sam Lowthion.

Lowthion got the ball rolling for a scintillating second half display from Sedge as he grabbed his second before completing a hat-trick while Matt Riley and Ben Black also crossed from close range.

Oliver Goss touched on 77 minutes for Otley, but it was merely a consolation for the Yorkshire outfit.

Stourbridge 29-24 Tynedale

Stourbridge held on for a bonus-point victory over Tynedale to return to winning ways after an away defeat against Sheffield Tigers in Round Two.

Stour outclassed the visitors in the first half, with Joe Heatley scoring twice for the home side.

However, Tynedale clawed their way back into contention after half-time with tries from Joe Mills and Morgan Passman.

Stourbridge then responded as Mark Harrison, Niall Gibbons and Dan Rundle scored three tries in 12 second half minutes to take control of this encounter.

But, Tyne did set up a nervy finish as a penalty try and a score via Passman reduced the deficit to just five points with two minutes remaining, however, Stour held out for the victory.

Huddersfield 28-27 Preston Grasshoppers

Two late tries from Kian Stewart saw Huddersfield beat Preston Grasshoppers to seal their first win of the new campaign.

In a dramatic finish, Field scored three times in the final 10 minutes to overturn a 16-point deficit with Stewart grabbing a brace while Mark Pease also crossed.

It completed a fine Huddersfield comeback from 27-11 down, with Joseph Green also dotting down in the second period for the hosts.

First half-tries from Matt Lampery and Tyler Spence plus scores via Alastair Murray and James Fitzpatrick earned Preston two bonus-points, but the Hoppers should have taken the spoils at Lockwood Park.

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