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Bishop’s Stortford beat Sale 22-19 with last kick of the match to keep National League 1 survival in their own hands





Tom Walker scored a penalty with the last kick of the match to give relegation-threatened Bishop’s Stortford a vital 22-19 win against Sale on Saturday and keep their League 1 survival in their own hands going into the season finale.

It was the only time in the game that the Silver Leys side led, having been 12-0 behind at half time and 19-12 down in the second half after drawing level.

A try by captain James Ayrton, converted by Walker, sandwiched between two tries from driving mauls, the second of which was converted, meant the sides were level at 19-19 approaching 80 minutes.

Tom Walker is mobbed by his team-mates and the bench after winning the match for Stortford with the last kick of the game
Tom Walker is mobbed by his team-mates and the bench after winning the match for Stortford with the last kick of the game

But when referee Alan Chandrachud awarded the hosts a penalty a few metres outside the Sale 22 on Stortford’s left, Walker stepped up to send a wind-assisted kick between the posts for victory.

Stortford’s joy was short-lived, however, as maximum 5-point wins for Taunton Titans and Leicester Lions means Marcus Cattell’s men are far from safe going into the last match of the season at Cinderford in a fortnight (April 27) as they can still finish in the bottom two and be relegated to National League 2.

Taunton moved off the bottom of the table with a 37-31 win over Cinderford that sees them leapfrog their Gloucestershire visitors, whose two bonus points in defeat mean they can still finish level on points with Stortford.

The foot of the National League 1 table after Saturday's matches - the bottom two go down
The foot of the National League 1 table after Saturday's matches - the bottom two go down

Stortford’s 4-point win means they are 11th with 51 points, Leicester – who beat Darlington Mowden Park 43-10 – are 12th with 50, Taunton 48 and Cinderford 46.

Next Saturday (April 20) is a rest week, and then it will be all eyes on Cinderford v Stortford, Blackheath v Taunton Titans and Sale v Leicester Lions.



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