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While all of their main rivals slipped up on the road, Stourbridge used home advantage to record a 33-18 victory against Darlington Mowden Park that opened up an eight-point lead over second-placed Hull Ionians at the top of the SSE National League Two North table.

Previously unbeaten Ionians were always playing catch up rugby at Paton Field against a Caldy side that had struggled in recent weeks. Caldy, though, overturned the form book to storm into an early 14-0 lead, Gavin Roberts racing in for two converted tries. The centre went on to complete his hat-trick just after the break, as Caldy won 27-22.

Preston had to be content with two points from a 20-20 draw away to Luctonians. Flanker Dan Smith earned the home side a share of the spoils with the second of his two tries on 68 minutes.

Three penalties and two conversions from the boot of Thomas Outram were not enough to see Sheffield Tigers to victory at Otley. Winger James Twomey moved into double figures for the season with a brace of tries taking his overall tally to 11, while flanker Johnathan Matthews also got on the scoresheet twice in a 29-23 win for the Cross Green outfit.

Huddersfield came within inches of recording their first win of the season against Dudley Kingswinford, with a last-gasp drop goal effort from Joel Hinchliffe sailing just wide of the upright. In the end Field had to settle for a 13-13 draw.

Nevertheless, Huddersfield narrowed the gap between themselves and Stockport at the foot of the table by a point after the Cheshire outfit lost 21-17 at home to Birmingham & Solihull. The Bees have now won four of their last five games to climb up to 10th.

Hull earned a precious 27-13 win over Leicester Lions to ease their worries at the wrong end of the table, while Westoe replace Bromsgrove in the bottom three after losing 28-10 away to the Midlands outfit.

Round 10 results

Huddersfield 13 - 13 Dudley Kingswinford

Stourbridge 33 - 18 Darlington Mowden Park

Caldy 27 - 22 Hull Ionians

Luctonians 20 - 20 Preston Grasshoppers

Otley 29 - 23 Sheffield Tigers

Bromsgrove 28 - 10 Westoe

Hull 27 - 13 Leicester Lions

Stockport 17 - 21 Birmingham & Solihull

Round 11 fixtures

Birmingham & Solihull Vs. Bromsgrove 14:00

Hull Ionians Vs. Otley 14:00

Sheffield Tigers Vs. Stourbridge 14:00

Westoe Vs. Luctonians 14:00

Darlington Mowden Park Vs. Leicester Lions 14:15

Dudley Kingswinford Vs. Stockport 14:15

Preston Grasshoppers Vs. Caldy 14:30

Huddersfield Vs. Hull 15:00

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