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Otley go close to at least sharing the spoils
Sheffield Tigers 24, Otley 19
Sheffield Tigers were offered first use of a strong wind and they took full advantage in yesterday's SSE National League Two North clash.
They scored within seven minutes and were worth their 19-3 half-time lead, only for Otley to resume with confidence and battle their way back to level on the 58th minute.
Otley were playing with such authority that they had the game in their grasp but were hit by a second try for winger Peter Swatkins and their last-gasp effort failed when winger James Twomey, winning the race in pursuit of his kick, saw the ball bounce into touch and the final whistle was blown.
A scrum near the touchline on the Otley 22 should have presented no danger but Swatkins followed the ball across the field to provide an overlap and stroll over for fly half Jonathan West to convert.
Otley opened their account with a penalty from fly half Christian Georgiou but consecutive penalties gave the home side a five-metre line-out, where lock Sam Cook was driven over.
Worse was to follow, a miscued kick ahead falling handily for winger James Broadly, who burst through the first tackle and raced to the line, West converting.
With No 6 Toby Williams as usual leading the way, Otley brought themselves back into contention with penalties from Georgiou on 46 and 50 minutes.
They were quickly followed by a try for Twomey, set up by centre Tom Harris, and then one for Georgiou, coolly collecting his chip ahead to stroll over only for Otley to concede that late try.