Knottingley RUFC preserved their unbeaten away record this season to stretch their lead in Yorkshire Division Three to seven points with Saturday’s 38-26 win at Wensleydale.
Knottingley’s title hopes were boosted when their closest rivals Baildon lost 29-7 at home to third-placed Old Otliiensians.
Knottingley host mid-table Aireborough this Saturday.
In the same division, Castleford gave a below-par second-half display in a 14-7 defeat at Harrogate Pythons.
Castleford’s first-half show was excellent. They did not concede a solitary point facing the wind.
Their defensive line held out well as they dealt with a series of powerful thrusts.
The best chance in a scoreless first half fell to Castleford when winger Nathan Tomlinson was tackled a metre out.
Castleford looked favourites with the wind in their favour in the second period, but their performance was poor.
They fell behind when the home side scored a converted try early on.
The visitors replied when hooker Jamie Owens powered over from five metres out after sustained pressure.
Skipper Thomas Egan added a difficult conversion to level the scores.
Castlefiord then had an excellent chance to go in front when centre Thomas Dobson broke through from 50 metres out, but he was hauled down near the try line.
That proved to be Castleford’s last opportunity and their fate was sealed when Harrogate scored a second converted try to clinch victory.
Castleford picked up a bonus points for their efforts, but generally they were disapppointed with the outcome after playing well in the first-half.
Castleford host Old Otliensians on Saturday.
In Yorkshire Division Four, Hemsworth bounced back from the previous week’s 29-21 home defeat against third-placed Leeds Corinthians by winning 41-10 at Rotherham Clifton.
Hemsworth, who host Burley on Saturday, are second in the table, nine points adrift of Skipton, the division’s only unbeaten team.