Wharfedale 24 Sedgley Park 31

A SUPERB game of rugby with strong play from both sides finished with National League Two North promotion chasers Sedgley Park happy to take five points back to Manchester.

The gap between the two sides in league position counted for nothing. Dale could have grabbed a late try to level the scores but the game slipped away and at least they got a losing bonus point.

Wharfedale started the brighter and two defence splitting runs from Kieran Frost were rewarded when he finished the second one with a try. Tom Barrett added the conversion.

There was a contrast in handling and a Dale mistake on halfway was punished when Park ran the ball and created space for Jamie Harrison to score in the corner. An excellent conversion from Stephen Collins levelled the scores.

More fine handling created the visitors second try and Matt Riley crossed the line for a converted try.

A moment of magic from Barrett led to Dale levelling at 14-14. He chipped the ball over the defence, collected it and touched down for a converted try.

More outstanding play in midfield by Park led to their third try from Hallam Chapman. Another touchline conversion from Collins ended the first-half scoring.

A Barrett penalty closed the gap but Sedgley muscled over for their bonus point try to create an 11-point cushion. Matt Riley scoring his second try with Collins again slotting the extras.

Dale clawed their way back into the match with a try from Josh Prell and a touchline conversion from Barrett.

A drop goal from Park’s Collins ended the scoring.