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Hull Ionians gave their SSE National Two North title hopes a massive boost with a tense top-of-the-table victory over league leaders Stourbridge. Ionians are now within touching distance of the Saxons, who have led the division from day one.

Ionians held on for the narrowest of victories, by 24 points to 23, after Stourbridge kicker Jamie Hearn missed a shot at goal four minutes into stoppage time. Defeat would have been tough on the Hull side who outscored the visitors by four tries to two including a brace for full-back Michael Bateman.

National Twos top try-scorer Drew Cheshire took his tally for the season to 25 with a hat-trick in Luctonians 22-21 win away to Birmingham & Solihull.

Prestons Sean Taylor, the divisions top points-scorer (294), also enjoyed a good day as his early try set Hoppers on their way to a 43-35 win over Otley at Lightfoot Green. The Lancashire outfit secured Roses bragging rights once No.8 Dominic Moon scored his second late on.

Darlington Mowden Parks fine run of form at the Northern Echo Arena continued with a bonus-point win against Hull. The 32-13 success included a brace of tries for winger Chris McTurk and keeps DMPs slender play-off hopes alive.

Westoes thoughts are purely on survival and the Shieldsmen did their cause no harm whatsoever with a thrilling 39-38 win at home to Caldy. Trailing 32-10 at the break, Westoe rallied to score tries through Matt Mellish, Joe McKenzie, Dan Rundle and Scott Powell added to a first-half effort from Gareth Roberts. Mellishs last-minute penalty completed the dramatic comeback.

Westoe are five points adrift of Dudley Kingswinford and safety. A 32-30 defeat at home to Bromsgrove heaped more pressure on DK who have not won since they defeated their relegation rivals in mid-February. Fly-half Richard Mahoney slotted the match-winning conversion for Bromsgrove with five minutes remaining after back-row Phil Horton had crossed to tie the scores.

Stockport enjoyed a second bonus-point win on the bounce at relegateD Huddersfield, while a 15-10 win at home for Sheffield Tigers over Leicester Lions moved the Yorkshire side to within two points of their opponents in sixth.

Round 28 results

Dudley Kingswinford 30 - 32 Bromsgrove

Huddersfield 13 - 31 Stockport

Hull Ionians 24 - 23 Stourbridge

Sheffield Tigers 15 - 10 Leicester Lions

Preston Grasshoppers 43 - 35 Otley

Darlington Mowden Park 32 - 13 Hull

Birmingham & Solihull 21 - 22 Luctonians

Westoe 39 - 38 Caldy

Round 29 fixtures, Saturday April 13

Leicester Lions Vs. Hull Ionians 14:00

Darlington Mowden Park Vs. Sheffield Tigers 14:15

Bromsgrove Vs. Huddersfield 15:00

Caldy Vs. Birmingham & Solihull 15:00

Hull Vs. Stockport 15:00

Luctonians Vs. Dudley Kingswinford 15:00

Otley Vs. Westoe 15:00

Stourbridge Vs. Preston Grasshoppers 15:00

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