National League Two North: Wharfedale 32 Luctonians 22

WITH the score at 23-5 in their favour at half-time, Wharfedale were deservedly in control of the game.

But Luctonians battled their way back into the match, giving the home supporters a few jitters.

Dale, unlike in their previous two matches, managed to hold on to their lead and ran out worthy winners at 32-22.

Luctonians scored four tries, so went home with a point, and it would have been two but for a last kick from Wharfedale's Tom Barrett, which meant that the visitors did not get the losing bonus point, despite outscoring the hosts four tries to two.

Barrett's boot, with three drop goals, two conversions and three penalties brought his personal tally to 22 points, and he might have been the star man but for the excellent work of Phil Woodhead and George Hedgley.

Barrett kept the scoreboard ticking over with his kicking, and Josh Burridge and Harry Bullough scored tries for Dale.

Louis Silver got the visitors on the scoreboard with a well-taken try.

Luctonians opened the second half with two tries, the first being a penalty try that was converted by John Morris, and the second being scored by Alex Smith after 28 phases in Dale's 22.

A catch and drive led to Luctonians' bonus-point try, with Joseph White being awarded the score.

Barrett's accuracy from the tee and out of hand, however, kept Wharfedale ahead and gained them a valuable victory.