YMCA let a 14 point lead slip as they went down 22-20 at home to Northern in North I East.
A lack of experience cost YMCA dearly and as early as the first minute the visitors were on the scoreboard with full back Jardine slotting over a penalty – the first of a string of awards as the home side struggled to keep on top of the contest.
YMCA eventually levelled with a Matt Johnson penalty from just inside their own half and the home team ramped up the pressure and began to make inroads into the Northern defence with Barber, Ryder and new signing Simisi all making breaks.
The breakthrough came on 30 minutes when, from a line-out, Barber instigated a move which ended with wing Sam Hodge scoring wide out – Johnson converted.
Almost from the restart Barber fed Mark Whitehead and it led to Adam Ryder scoring wide out with Johnson adding the extras for a 14-point lead.
Northern began to use their forwards to drive at the home pack and in an attempt to stop the onslaught YMCA gave away penalties and James Bell was the one singled out by referee Andy Baker for 10 minutes in the sin-bin.
The numerical advantage in the pack told when Northern second row Douglas forced his way over, but Jardine missed the conversion.
Despite starting the second half nine points ahead, YMCA were still on the back foot as Northern used their forwards to drive up field.
From a line-out close to the YMCA line the visitors pack rolled over the line for a try, Douglas scoring his second, but the conversion was missed.
However, pressure told with two further penalties from Jardine putting Northern two points in front.
With time running out the YMCA made inroads into the Northern half which resulted in a penalty and the ever accurate Johnson converted the chance to give the YMCA an unlikely 20-19 lead.
However, YMCA fell foul of the referee and a penalty was awarded to Northern. To compound the problem YMCA were marched back 10 metres for dissent which allowed Jardine an easy kick to win the match.
YMCA: Johnson, Hodge, Ryder, Simisi, Bentley, Barber, Wilson, Wrafter, Hill, Slatter, Bell, Housley, Dyke Stu, Whitehead, Lumb. Subs (all used): Sharrock, Sellars, Murphy