YARNBURY suffered a 22-13 home defeat on Saturday at the hands of Leeds Corinthians, who have now not lost since January.

The hosts sit ninth after the defeat, which was just their third at home in the 2022 Yorkshire Two season so far.

The visitors were on the front foot early on, and with their fly half dictating play with some fine passing to Corinthians’ outside backs, they soon took a five point lead.

Corinthians struck again with a dubious converted try, even though the ball looked to have been grounded short of the try line, before Maxwell Lee reduced the arrears with a well struck penalty.

The hosts were holding the score to 12-3 deep into first half injury time, but after 47 minutes, some abject tackling gifted the visitors a third try, duly converted to leave the score at 19-3 at the break.

Centre Josh Bateson and flanker Tom Cotterill both came on at the break after long injury absences, while Dan Pound moved to fly-half from full-back in place of Lee.

Yarnbury were suddenly a transformed side, with that trio making an impact, and after an hour, winger Joe Hammond crossed in the corner for a deserved try after a flowing attack on the left.

With six minutes left, Josh Bell touched down superbly at the corner flag, but once again Pound’s conversion narrowly failed.

But Yarnbury were then put under pressure with two 50-20 clearance kicks.

James Daffern was unfortunate to concede a close-range penalty with two minutes left and Leeds converted it to deny Yarnbury even a losing bonus point.

Yarnbury’s next game is at home to Baildon on Saturday.

In Yorkshire Three, rock-bottom Old Otliensians were forced to award a home walkover win to Castleford last weekend.

That leaves ‘Ensians on zero points still. They are not scheduled to play this weekend.