OLD Otliensians came from nine points down to produced a superb 25-24 win against second-placed Knottingley at Chaffer's Field in Yorkshire Three.

Ensians were keen to avenge their 26-20 loss in the reverse fixture hosting a team who had only been defeated once in their nine league fixtures.

The home side broke the deadlock after five minutes when Olly Eaves passed to winger Connor Paley who sprinted to score an unconverted try.

Knottingley responded midway through the half after a nice move saw the ball opened out from the home 22 and the winger outpaced the defence to even the scores.

Soon afterwards with the help of penalties 'Ensians made headway into the Knottingley 22 and then a further offence lead to three points from a Will Cooper penalty.

A good lineout ball followed by snappy passing and a powerful break in the centre gave the visitors a fine try meaning they had a four point advantage.

Knottingley gained a lineout in a dangerous situation then a missed tackle enabled them to go over the line to cause more misery for their opponents.

With about 7 minutes of the half remaining, the league challengers were under intense pressure resulting in penalties and them being awarded two yellow cards.

Otliensians jumped on their two man advantage by Luke Cowdell scoring a pushover try reducing the deficit to four points at the break.

With both teams back to full strength, Knottingley produced a neat break resulting in an unconverted try boosting their lead to nine points.

The visitors were hungry for more and came straight back from the kick off but a try saving tackle by Olly Eaves saved the day.

The comeback was launched 23 minutes into the half when Connor Bateman scored a penalty goal to reduce the arrears by three points.

It all seemed over when play was stopped for a Knottingley head injury with 5 minutes to go.

Although, the fourth-placed team had other ideas and from a quickly taken penalty by Arbuckle the ball found Cowdell who powered through to score a great try.

The pressure on the conversion was immense with the try scorer knowing it would decide the match, however Cowdell showed nerves of steel to slot it over for a well deserved victory.