FOR the second visit to Yarnbury on the trot, Old Grovians were beaten by a last minute try, as the hosts came from 26-0 down to snatch a 28-26 win in Yorkshire Two.

The Grovians backs tore Yarnbury apart in the opening half hour to race into that 26-0 lead, as full back Max Kennedy scored four tries.

The first came after 14 minutes, when Alex Masterson was set free to race down the left wing and a lovely reverse one handed pass put Kennedy over.

New signing from Ilkley, Ed Brown, converted.

The second try on 16 minutes came as Kennedy ripped the ball away in the tackle on halfway and raced away to score.

Kennedy completed his hat-trick on 22 minutes.

Masterson again made a break and Kennedy sidestepped two defenders to score.

On the half hour. left winger George Butler put in a clever kick over the full back and Kennedy won the race to touch down.

Just before half-time, Yarnbury gave themselves a glimmer of hope when their big second row made ground and put their winger in. That try was converted but Grovians still led 26-7 at the break.

Five minutes into the second half, a driving maul from a Grovians lineout rumbled well into the Yarnbury 22 and a score looked certain.

But a Yarnbury player clinically came round the wrong side of the maul and tackled the ball carrier.

That led to a yellow card for the perpetrator but only a penalty to Grovians.

Then injuries to three of the Grovians backs forced a reshuffle, and they could not conjure up the magic of the first half.

Yarnbury scored from a scrum close to the Grovians line and a try on 74 minutes saw the score at 26-21 to Grovians.

Grovians defended manfully in the final few minutes and repelled several Yarnbury attacks, but inevitably the hosts crossed with seconds left to snatch victory.

After that defeat, Grovians sit seventh in Yorkshire Two, gaining two points from the defeat.

They will have the chance to bounce back this Saturday at home to fourth-placed Wetherby.

Up in North One East, Cleckheaton enjoyed a 37-25 win over Moortown to go fifth in the table, but Bradford & Bingley are still bottom after their 52-36 loss at Consett.

Lowly Wibsey saw their Yorkshire Three clash at Knottingley postponed.