HEMSWORTH RUFC first team failed to convert spells of territorial and possession supremacy into points as they went down 30-13 at Leeds Medics and Dentists last Saturday - their first Yorkshire League Division 4 defeat of the season.
The visitors took the initiative from the kick-off when a knock-on, scrum and subsequent penalty allowed skipper Joe Thompson to kick the goal that gave his team an early 3-0 lead.
The visitors were to rue good opportunities to add to their tally when table-topping Leeds collected the ball from a line-out and drove upfield before Drew Harding eventually crashed over to make it 7-3.
Medics extended their advantage to 12-3 following a scrum and flowing moved that resulted in an unconverted score.
Thompson stemmed the tide with another penalty but the hosts had the final say of the half when Harding burst through a static Hemsworth defence to make it 19-6 at the break.
The visitors got back into the game early in the second half and good rucking sent second row Rob Hooker crashing over for a score improved by the boot of Thompson.
The dismissal of second rower Louis Thompson to the sin bin made life difficult for the visitors whose challenge fell away in the closing stages.
Having weathered the storm, Medics edged further ahead through two Matt Strang penalties and the hosts clinched the victory and a bonus point with Matt Lyons’ late try.
Read Thursday’s Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express for more news from Hemsworth RUFC.