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SSE National League 1

Three rearranged fixtures took place in SSE National League One on Saturday with Fyldes Lancashire derby win away to Sedgley Park arguably being the standout result.

Fylde bounced back from their home defeat to lowly Cambridge the week before to run in nine tries and record a 59-20 victory.

The game-changing moment at Park Lane came on 37 minutes when, with just nine points separating the sides, Sedgleys Andy Boyde was sent to the sin-bin. While the flanker was off the pitch Fylde scored three tries, all of them converted, to put the result beyond any doubt.

Winger Oliver Brennand went on to score a hat-trick of tries and Michael Waywell got two, as Fylde extended their run of winning one week and losing the next. Not since late October have they won back-to-back games.

Macclesfield made it three wins in a row against Cambridge to boost their survival hopes. A 74th-minute penalty from Tom Eaton settled the outcome of the match which had remained in the balance throughout. Bottom-of-the-table Cambridge, resurgent under former All Black Craig Newby, opened up a 10-0 lead thanks to an early Patrick Tapley try and a penalty and conversion from Harry Key. Macclesfield then enjoyed a sustained period of dominance to notch up 24 unanswered points, scoring three tries in the process. But back came Cambridge with a second try from Tapley and one from Stephen Hipwell. Replacement fly-half Elliot Bale added the extras to both tries to level the scores at 24-all, only for Eaton to break the home sides hearts with what turned out to be the match-winning kick moments later.

Wharfedale maintained some breathing space between themselves and Macclesfield with a home win over Loughborough Students. The 33-22 win ended a seven-game losing streak. Fly-half Tom Barrett kicked 18 points through four penalties and three conversions.

Wharfedale 33 - 22 Loughborough Students

Sedgley Park 20 - 59 Fylde

Cambridge 24 - 27 Macclesfield

National League 2 North

Second-placed Hull Ionians took full advantage of Stourbridges weekend off with a bonus-point win over Birmingham & Solihull. Winger Will Sharp marked his debut with a couple of tries in 28-11 win and there were further scores for centre Richard Fletcher and No.8 Daniel Hague.

A hat-trick from Chris McTurk inside the first half an hour helped Darlington Mowden Park to a thumping 69-5 win at home to Huddersfield. Seven other players crossed the visitors line as DMP passed 60 points for the second time in three matches at their new Northern Echo Arena home.

A power-packed performance from the Otley forwards accounted for Luctonians at Cross Green. All seven of the home sides tries in a 45-26 victory came from members of the pack five of them in the first half as Otley established a commanding 33-0 lead. Luctonians fought back gamely in the second period but it was a case of too little, too late from the Herefordshire outfit.

Caldy also notched up over 40 points at home in a thoroughly entertaining game against Hull. Caldy scored five tries to Hulls three in the 42-21 win, with 17 points coming from the boot of fly-half Rich Vasey.

Relegation-threatened Stockport gave their survival hopes a boost with a 28-14 bonus-point win away to Leicester Lions. Three tries in the final quarter including two from flanker Steve Hill helped Port to only their third win of the season. A remarkable tally of 14 bonus points from 21 matches, though, keeps them off the bottom of the table in 14th 14 points away from safety.

Caldy 42 - 21 Hull

Darlington Mowden Park 69 - 5 Huddersfield

Otley 45 - 26 Luctonians

Hull Ionians 28 - 11 Birmingham & Solihull

Leicester Lions 14 - 28 Stockport

SSE National League 2 South

Free-scoring Redruth moved into second place in the table above Henley following a bonus-point win at home to basement side Barking. The Reds have secured maximum points in all bar one of their games since the turn of the year, but they were given a scare by a Barking side with only one victory to their name all season.

The match appeared to be going to form after the Reds had built up a 17-0 lead inside the first half an hour. But Barking hit back to level the scores at the break. That was as good as it got, though, for the Essex outfit, with Redruth picking up the pace in the second 40, to claim a 46-17 win. No.8 Tom Duncan took his tally of tries for the season to 18 with a hat-trick.

Duncan is two tries ahead of Worthing duo Jack Maslen and Alexander Nielsen at the top of the divisions try-scoring charts. Maslen and Nielsen also found their way onto the scoresheet in Worthings 53-0 win over Lydney.

The result leaves the Raiders 11 points clear of Redruth and a further point in front of third-placed Henley who had a weekend off. Worthing, though, have played two games more than their title rivals.

Hartpury College turned in a scintillating first-half performance on their way to a thumping 57-32 win over Bournemouth. Seb Rodwell, Brad Field and Darren Crompton all crossed the Lions line within the first nine minutes, with Craig Jackson converting twice to open up a 19-0 lead.

A solitary Dan Pollard penalty on 13 minutes provided Bournemouth with some temporary respite, but the Hartpury try spree continued shortly afterwards through Gareth Evans, Liam Wilkinson, Field again and Billy Burns.

Second-half tries from Sean Marsden and George Boulton and a sixth conversion of the match from Jackson added to the 45-3 interval lead before Bournemouth finally got into the game to restore some pride with 29 unanswered points including five tries.

Southend were in rampant mood, too, as they recorded a 48-24 win at home to Clifton. Remarkably all 13 tries in the match nine to Southend and four to Clifton - were scored by different players.

Taunton secured an invaluable win in their battle to avoid the drop with a 28-12 victory against Shelford at Hyde Park. The Titans scored three tries and full-back Gary Kingdom kicked 13 points.

Redruth 46 - 17 Barking

Southend 48 - 24 Clifton

Taunton Titans 28 - 12 Shelford

Hartpury College 57 - 32 Bournemouth

Worthing 53 - 0 Lydney

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