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Monday, 25 February, 2002, 02:03 GMT
Hunslet frustrate York
York's Johnny Liddell takes a kick
York were denied by a late Dan Briggs try
Perennial Northern Ford Premiership strugglers York were denied their first win in 12 months in dramatic fashion by Hunslet.

The pointless Wasps led 9-6 with nine minutes remaining at South Leeds Stadium but Hawks prop Dan Briggs dashed their hopes with a late try.

The game was one of only three NFP weekend fixtures due to the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Challenge Cup fifth round and the weather.

York are now one of three clubs marooned at the foot of the table after fellow strugglers Swinton and Gateshead were beaten by Dewsbury and Keighley respectively.

Kevin Neighbour in action for Gateshead
Neighbour's two tries were not enough for Gateshead
Defeat was harsh on Wasps, who battled gamely throughout an ill-tempered affair.

Johnny Liddell handed them the lead with the opening try after 11 minutes and an Andy Precious penalty and Jamie Benn drop goal looked to have secured victory after Lee Bargate had replied for Hunslet.

But Briggs' late try along with a penalty and conversion by Craig Stevens clinched the points.

The win lifts the Hawks four points clear of the bottom and Keighley keep pace with them after downing threadbare Thunder 32-10.

Gateshead, with an average age of just 19, put up a brave fight with Kevin Neighbour scoring the first and last tries of the game, but the Cougars ultimately proved too strong.

Chris Wainwright, Danny Halliwell, Oliver Wilkes, Carl Smith, Paul Ashton and Gareth Hooson all crossed to hand coach Gary Moorby his first win since taking charge.

Cash-strapped Swinton's woes continued with a 75-12 thrashing at the hands of Dewsbury.

The Rams ran in 13 tries in a ruthless display with Adrian Flynn helping himself to a hat-trick and Nathan Batty and Andy Speak both going over twice.

Former Thunder star Carl Briggs kicked his way to a 23-point haul.


Northern Ford Premiership results

Hunslet 14-9 York
Keighley 32-10 Gateshead
Dewsbury 75-12 Swinton

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