Sedgley down top of the league Ionians

Hull Ionians’ march towards promotion from National Two North was halted after they suffered a first home defeat of the season against a superb Sedgley Park outfit 27-34.

The league leaders found themselves 24-10 down at half-time as Andy Riley (2) and Matt Riley crossed for Sedge, with the impressive Steve Collins kicking nine points.

Steve Slingsby went over for the hosts in the first period and the winger brought the I’s right back into the contest with his second score immediately after the break.

Lewis Minikin landed a penalty to cut the deficit to four points, but an in-form Richard Lepori scrambled over to keep Sedge in the ascendency, with Collins slotting the conversion and a penalty shortly after.

And despite Minikin’s late score for the hosts, Sedge held on for their fourth victory on the trot while Hull Ionians are now just one-point clear at the summit.

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