OLD Otliensians moved up to fourth in Yorkshire Three after recording a stunning comeback to record a 28-26 victory at Rotherham Phoenix.

Ensians, who have not been beaten in their last four, came from 10 points down in the last five minutes to allow Luke Cowdell to once again convert late on to edge the match in his side's favour.

Nathan Jones, Joe Tindall and Jordon Lawrence all stepped up from the second team and Matt Peaty returned from injury for the depleted visitors.

Otliensians started brightly with Will Cooper scoring a penalty goal after only three minutes, although the hosts responded immediately to score a converted try.

Jacob Wragg dived over for the away side after good scrummage play for an unconverted try to regain the lead by a point.

Tindall added to Ensians advantage when Cowdell made inroads through the defence before passing to his teammate who showed a fine turn of speed from 20 metres to outpace the cover defence and capture an unconverted try out wide.

Rotherham went back in front by using a clever passing move to result in an additional seven points.

Ensians started the second period like they did the first, kicking over a penalty.

Phoenix were in again 14 minutes in after missed tackles gifted them a converted try.

A quarter of an hour later, Rotherham achieved a five metre lineout and produced a well organised drive which granted them a bonus point unconverted try.

The transformation was remarkable by the fourth-placed team as the forwards and backs combined well to breach the home defence through Cowdell diving over the whitewash.

With time running out, Ensians continued to march forward and were awarded a penalty with the scrum almost taking them to the line.

The ball eventually opened out and Matt Peaty, who had shown a good turn of speed throughout the game, sprinted over the line to level the scores going into the remaining few minutes.

The tension was at fever pitch but the coolest player on the pitch had the chance to award his team a second win on the bounce.

Up stepped Cowdell who slotted the ball over for the second week in succession to give Ensians a bonus point win.

The lead had changed hands no fewer than six times in an entertaining game where 12th-placed Rotherham had looked a shadow of their former struggling selves.

Ensians have looked great from the back of last year into 2020 with their high level of fitness building hope for a successful end to the season.

Otliensians face mid-table Ossett on Saturday, another chance to continue their chase of the top three.

Knottingley and Baildon are only 10 and 11 points above the Otley side, while Leeds Corinthians are running away with the league title on 56 points.