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Bradford Dudley Hill hopes dashed by late penalty
Bradford Dudley Hill 22, Hunslet Warriors 24
Bradford Dudley Hill were denied a third successive unbeaten home match when visitors Hunslet Warriors lodged a late penalty to claim the National Conference spoils at Parry Lane.
Hill, who were seeking revenge following their 42-34 away defeat at the hands of the Warriors, were quickly on the board with an unconverted try from wingman Damian Smith.
But the Division One promotion hopefuls replied with two converted tries to halt the hosts’ bright start.
Full back Aiden Batey, who was in outstanding form throughout, put the match back in the melting pot when he scampered over two minutes before the interval, leaving stand-off Nathan Kitson to add the extras.
At just 12-10 behind Hill, were looking to stamp their authority on the restart. Instead it was the Warriors who increased their lead with another converted try.
Hill centre Alex Dickenson reduced the arrears when he crossed and all looked on course for a home success when Kitson made the whitewash on the hour mark for a touchdown he converted himself.
But Hunslet showed their class and determination when Jake Corney sprinted over to level matters.
And Hill suffered a telling blow when scrum half Ryan Dickenson was given a yellow card for a professional foul and full back Gary McCelland finally broke the hosts’ resolve with his late penalty to end the see-saw encounter.