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Agonising scoreline for Caldy
THERE was an agonising scoreline for Caldy in their latest outing in National Two North League but they retain second place in the table with every chance of going on to clinch a play-off place.
It finished 24-25 at Harrogate in a tense affair with the Yorkshiremen belying their third bottom league placing.
Birkenhead Park let things slip at Penrith in National Three North League to lose 23-40.
Dave Hall, Adam Couples and Jack Ashcroft touched down for Park with Hall landing two penalties and a conversion.
Two converted tries in the last quarter gave Penrith a vital win in their fight to survive in a Division in which Park keep fifth position.
Anselmians turned in an excellent display to beat Rochdale 32-11 but their place in North One West League remains in jeopardy.
Paul Hellier, Pepe Mahe, Loa Topou and Adam Neal crossed for the winners with Simon Mason keeping the scoreboard ticking with a brace of penalties and a trio of conversions.
Wirral managed a 14-14 draw at Leigh and should now be safe.
Colin Dyer and Dan Harvey crossed and Craig Harvey hit both conversions.
A late penalty denied Wirral the win but they did well to hold out with two players serving time in the sin bin.
In South Lancashire/Cheshire One Sale kept up their 100% record at the expense of Hoylake and are champions. Hoylake battled bravely but it finished 15-46 at Melrose Avenue.
New Brighton will finish runners-up. The latest outing for the Blues realised a hard earned 19-12 victory at Bowdon.
They will come up against Kirby Lonsdale from North Lancs/Cumbria League in a play-off for promotion to North One West.
Kirby Lonsdale get home advantage because of a better average during the season.
That game is likely to take place on Saturday, April 28.
Long-serving New Brighton members will remember the Blues winning at Kirby Lonsdale in 1994 to win promotion and will hope for a similar outcome.
In the latest match Jack Harris scored the only try of the game for the Hartsfield side. Stephen Dean converted and also landed four penalties.
Oldershaw saw off visiting Southport 20-10 in Division Two but Ellesmere Port fell 0-20 at home to Vagabonds, Isle of Man.
Parkonians won 10-3 at Congleton in Division Three but just miss out on a promotion chance. Ben Rees and Rob Marnick were try scorers.
Champions Wallasey rounded off with a 21-11 victory at Holmes Chapel.
Port Sunlight came away 17-9 to the good from Capenhurst but Prenton crashed 8-57 away to Buxton who took second place in the table just ahead of Parks. Caldy welcome Luctonians this Saturday for what promises to be a keen encounter so important to the Paton Field outfit.
Birkenhead Park come up against Morley in a game which forms part of a past players reunion at the Upper Park.
Anselmians have Northwich as visitors to Malone Field in a crucial clash with Wirral entertaining Widnes.
Other fixtures on the last Saturday of the season for many clubs show New Brighton v Glossop, Hoylake at Tyldesley, Ellesmere Port at Douglas and Oldershaw at Sefton.
Prenton have a re-arranged game at Knutsford in their division but Wallasey, Parkonians and Port Sunlight have completed their programme.