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Stourbridge won their top-of-the-table clash against Hull Ionians to make it a record 13 bonus-point victories in a row. There is now a 13-point gap between the Saxons and their nearest rivals in the SSE National Two North standings. The damage was done in the first half, when, in an impressive display of attacking rugby, Stourbridge ran in five tries to hold a 27-8 lead at the interval. Ionians threw everything they could at the home side who failed to score in the second half, but they were only able to add seven points of their own through Joe Sanders’ converted try to go down 27-15.

Third-placed Preston Grasshoppers were unable to take advantage after losing 22-20 at Otley. A win at Cross Green would have drawn ‘Hoppers level on points with Ionians but Otley overcame the handicap of losing two men to the sin-bin to win 22-20. Otley’s tries came from James Wood (2) and Johnathan Matthews, while Dominic Moon (2) and back-row partner William Keenan replied with scores for the visitors.

Darlington Mowden Park missed out on the chance to leapfrog ‘Hoppers into third after they too succumbed to a narrow defeat on the road. A 15-13 win for Hull means they have now taken points from each of their last four games – including back-to-back home wins – to climb up to 12th in the table. Park, though, were inches away from getting a draw from the contest after a late conversion attempt hit the post and went wide.

The wet weather prevented Sheffield Tigers from gaining any ground on the sides above as their clash at Leicester Lions was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Caldy blew Westoe away with an emphatic performance that yielded maximum points. Gavin Roberts touched down twice and Richard Vasey scored 26 points from 11 successful kicks at goal in a stunning 66-14 win.

Luctonians were comfortable 39-5 winners at home to Birmingham & Solihull, taking maximum points to move above Leicester Lions into seventh place. A brace of tries from No.8 Paul Hulland helped the Herefordshire outfit to their first win in six matches.

Stockport defeated Huddersfield to win their first game of the season and move off the foot of the table at the Yorkshire side’s expense. Fly-half Richard Geary kicked 13 points and there were tries for Michael Waddington, Dan Eccles and Sam James, whose 80th-minute score sealed a 28-20 win.

Round 13 results

Stourbridge 27 - 15 Hull Ionians

Bromsgrove 25 - 3 Dudley Kingswinford

Caldy 66 - 14 Westoe

Luctonians 39 - 5 Birmingham & Solihull

Otley 22 - 20 Preston Grasshoppers

Hull 15 - 13 Darlington Mowden Park

Stockport 28 - 20 Huddersfield

Round 14 fixtures - Saturday December 8

Birmingham & Solihull Vs. Caldy

Dudley Kingswinford Vs. Luctonians

Hull Ionians Vs. Leicester Lions

Sheffield Tigers Vs. Darlington Mowden Park

Stockport Vs. Hull

Westoe Vs. Otley

Preston Grasshoppers Vs. Stourbridge

Huddersfield Vs. Bromsgrove

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