Huddersfield YMCA 15

(North I East)

Huddersfield YMCA notched their first league win after promotion last year with a stunning success in the North-East.

Their victory saw them overtake Morpeth in the standings and move into an encouraging mid-table slot.

YMCA, who had seemed to be struggling to find their feet after stepping up through the play-offs last season, hit form and dominated the first half at Mitford Road.

They moved into a 10-3 half-time lead with threequarter Lloyd Bentley scoring an excellent try, which was converted, after they had scored a penalty and Morpeth had replied with a Ben Hornby drop goal.

The visitors pushed themselves 12 points ahead with a try from a charge down early in the second half when James Bell blocked a box kick and fed Jack Housley to cross the line.

YMCA then withstood on onslaught by the home side in the final quarter but managed to restrict Morpeth to a Jack Elliott try and James Phillips goal.

But the stars of the show for YMCA were skipper Mark Whitehead and the scorer of the crucial try Housley.

Divisional rivals Old Crossleyans moved into fourth place after collecting a bonus point from their 38-11 home victory over Sheffield.

Scrum half Chris Vine scored four penalties inside 20 minutes to set Crossleyans on their way.

On 21 minutes they bagged their first try through fly half Chris Ott and he repeated the dose before half-time and Crossleyans led 24-6 at the interval.

The second half saw the home side earn a seven-point penalty try before full-back Joe Baker ran in for another touchdown.