Otley kept up their relentless quest for promotion with a 12th straight win away at strugglers Northwich.

And it was man of the match Alex Beaumont, celebrating his 99th league appearance, who did the damage with a hat-trick of tries in the 59-0 win against the basement side.

Otley were on the board quickly when Henry Roberts waltzed round the opposition defence to score after two minutes.

And only minutes later, from an Otley line-out, Alex Beaumont scored.

Shortly after, Luke Cole drove from the home side’s half, Beaumont got the ball to Gavin Stead who scored on the outside.

Eddie Crossland hit the conversion, with no misses during the game. He was then involved in Otley’s bonus point try after a scrum, getting the ball to Beaumont to score.

After a series of penalties got Otley into striking distance, a line-out and rolling maul saw Luke Cole go over before a few other first half chances went begging.

Northwich went down to 14 men following a yellow card, Otley put the ball into the corner and Cole went over for his second after good work from Simon Willet.

Otley then went down to 14 men after a high tackle but they kept the pressure on and added to their tally when they moved the ball out wide for Marcus Law to do the business.

Both sides were soon back to their full complement, just as the weather took a turn for the worse which made playing good rugby difficult.

But after a knock on from Northwich, from the Otley scrum, the ball went out left to Beaumont who drove over for his hat-trick.

Otley rounded off the scoring after a succession of penalties put them close to the line. They pushed Northwich off the ball and Ben Gould seized the chance to score his first try for Otley.

Otley remain top of the North Premier on 59 points and face a trip to high-flying Preston Grasshoppers this weekend.

Yarnbury lost out at home to Wensleydale 10-26 in Yorkshire Two which sees them remain in mid-table on 32 points – they travel to struggling Ripon on Saturday.

Yorkshire Three basement side Old Otliensians’s trip to Hemsworth was called off last weekend – they’ll hope they can finally take their first points of the campaign when they host second-placed Bramley Phoenix.