Huddersfield YMCA’s hopes of survival in National III North took a knock as they were beaten 37-15 at home to Ilkley.

The Laund Hill club were looking for a win that would have dragged them out of the relegation slots and above West Yorkshire rivals Cleckheaton.

However, they struggled to turn possession into points and were hit on the counter-attack by an Ilkley side eager to secure their own mid-table position.

YMCA started well and Simon Wilson put them in front when he fired over a penalty after missing an earlier attempt.

But Ilkley pulled level with a Joe Rowntree penalty and then took the lead when they made the most of turnover ball and left wing John Johnson went in for a try to which Rowntree added the goal.

YMCA again began to apply pressure but then Ilkley defence worked hard to cut down the home side’s options out wide and added to their tally when Declan Jackson cut loose to score and Rowntree again added the goal.#

And Rowntree was on target once more just before half-time as he converted following prop Dan Lawrence going over to give the visitors a 24-3 interval lead.

Two minutes into the second half a drop goal from stand off Ed Brown pretty much put Ilkley out of sight, though YM gave themselves some hope when Gavin Stead made a break and Nathan Chappell scored the touchdown, but Wilson failed with the goal attempt.

Huddersfield YMCA RU v Ilkley at Laund Hill.

Soon after Ikley were reduced to 14 men as Jackson was sin-binned for a deliberate knock on, but YM failed to make the most of the advantage.

In fact the visitors were the ones to add to their tally when centre Elliot Morgan went over for a try and Rowntree added the goal.

YMCA gained some consolation in the latter stages with Sam Fletcher scoring a try and Wilson added the goal, but Ilkley had the last word with a drop goal from Josh Kimber.

YMCA now have seven games remaining to secure their survival but need to rediscover the winning habit sooner rather than later.


National III North: Huddersfield YMCA 15 Ilkley 37

Yorkshire One: Heath 13 Bridlington 32, Old Brodleians 20 West Park Leeds 18, Old Crossleyans 18 York 25

Yorkshire Two: Old Rishworthians 38 Leodensian 7

Yorkshire Three: Rotherham Phoenix 33 Halifax 10