Hull stun Stour as superb Caldy move to summit

After the frustration of relegation last year, Caldy have made a flying start to National Two North
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Caldy’s fine start to life back in National Two North continued as they breezed past Sheffield Tigers in Round Three.

The Wirral outfit also moved to the summit of the division as Stourbridge’s perfect beginning to the season came to an against Hull, who remain unbeaten.

Along with Caldy, Sedgley Park are now the only other side who have won all three of their matches as Scott Barrow’s men defeated Huddersfield whilst Fylde are also yet to taste defeat after an excellent win at Wharfedale.

Elsewhere Preston Grasshoppers, Chester and Hinckley secured their first victories of the term whilst Tynedale and Otley played out another draw in National Two North.

Sheffield Tigers 7-37 Caldy

Caldy eased aside Sheffield Tigers to earn a third straight victory in National Two North.

Lewis Barker, Josiah Dickinson and Tom Sanders all crossed in the opening period for the visitors whilst 10 points from Gavin Roberts gave Caldy a 25-0 lead.

Barker’s second try kept the away side in complete control and Ben Jones’ effort on 71 minutes rounded off an excellent display.

The Tigers had come into this contest following two successive wins, but Pete Swatkins’ try was all the hosts could muster up as Caldy moved to the top of National Two North.

Huddersfield 10-25 Sedgley Park

Sedgley Park maintained their winning start to the season as they secured a victory away at Huddersfield.

Will Milner and Steve Collins swapped penalties early on, but Sedge scored the first try of the afternoon through Nathan Rushton.

Collins nudged over his second penalty shortly after half-time, however, prop Alex Battye forced his way over to keep Field in touch.

This was as good as it got for the hosts, though, as Will Lees and Leon Simpson both scored to seal a third consecutive victory for the Tigers.

Wharfedale 19-32 Fylde

Fylde recorded a four-try bonus-point victory at Wharfedale to continue their unbeaten start to the season.

David Fairbrother, Tom Carleton, Connor Wilkinson and Tom Grimes put Fylde 29-0 ahead at the break in Yorkshire.

Dan Stockdale replied for Dale after the interval and the hosts did score on two more occasions through Ralph Wellock and Rob Baldwin while Fylde’s Greg Smith kicked his second penalty of the afternoon to complete the win for Warren Spragg’s side.

Stourbridge 14-19 Hull

Newly promoted Hull ended Stourbridge’s 100 per cent start to the new National Two North season following a superb win in the Midlands.

Hull secured their first victory of the campaign in Round Two against Tynedale and this week, stunned Stour to maintain their unbeaten start to life back in the fourth tier.

Latu Makaafi and Reece Dean went over for the Yorkshire outfit either side of half-time at Stourton Park.

Jack Lea and Dan Rundle did cross for the hosts, but the boot of Simon Humberstone guided Hull to victory as he kicked nine points throughout the afternoon.

Preston Grasshoppers 48-24 Scunthorpe

Preston Grasshoppers claimed their first win of the campaign in emphatic style as they defeated Scunthorpe at Lightfoot Green.

Tries by Will Scammell and Will Robinson, either side of a score from Preston’s Alastair Murray, gave Scunthorpe and early 14-7 lead.

However Hoppers hit back as a penalty and a try from centre Nick Gregson, as well as Jordan Dorrington’s effort, gave the hosts the lead at half-time.

Sam Wallbank, Sam Stott and Tyler Spence all crossed for Preston and that appeared to kill the game off in the second period, but the visitors continued to battle as Ben McStay dotted down.

However, Toby Harrison’s score ultimately sealed the victory for Hoppers whilst Elliot Caunt’s late effort secured a try bonus-point for Scunthorpe.

Chester 29-23 Loughborough Students

Chester came from behind to clinch their first victory of the season as they beat Loughborough Students at Hare Lane.

A first-half try from Dan Kelly plus eight points from the boot of Owen Waters gave the visitors the lead at the interval, with Alick Croft and Kyle Joseph touching down for Chester.

Matt Wilkinson drove over to extend Loughborough’s lead only for the hosts to turn this game around.

Chester scored three second-half tries, including efforts from Croft and Harrison Vare, to seal the win whilst the Students picked up a losing bonus-point following a late penalty from Waters.

Hinckley 23-17 Luctonians

Hinckley produced an excellent second-half performance against Luctonians to seal their first win of the 2018/19 campaign.

Tries from Leo Gilliland, Joe Wilson and Scott Hamilton helped the Hornets score 18 points after the break, with Callum Dacey also landing a penalty.

Luctonians did hold a 10-5 lead at the interval, though, thanks to Callum Young’s try and Josh Phipps’ penalty whilst Luke Coltman crossed for Hinckley.

But despite being blown away in the second 40, the Lucts did leave the Midlands with a losing bonus-point thanks to Phipps converting his late try.

Tynedale 34-34 Otley

Both Tynedale and Otley are still searching for their first victories of the season as they played out a thrilling draw at Corbridge.

Tyne led at 12-10 at half-times thanks to tries from Graeme Dunn and Rob Parker, whilst Otley’s points came via a Brett Mitchell score and a Ben Magee penalty.

The teams then exchanged tries after the interval as Liam Checksfield and Callum Pascoe saw their efforts cancelled out by Henry Roberts and Magge.

It was the aforementioned Roberts who gave Otley the lead with his second try of the afternoon, but once again, there was a response as Tynedale’s Parker levelled the game up.

And the sea-saw nature of the second period continued until the final whistle as Elliot Morgan’s score for Otley was matched by Ben Haigh with five minutes remaining.

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