A ROBUST Skipton side shook off their recent injury woes and registered a six try 38-35 victory over Sheffield Medicals, earning them five sorely needed league points.

Four tries from skipper Hamish Munro, together with an opener from stand-off Josh Nkwo and a sixth from centre Tom Handforth kept the Sandylands crowd on the edge of their seats.

The home side started strongly and Nkwo was soon over for their opening try, with centre Callum Patrick adding the extra points. Pressure from the re-start and quick hands saw the medical students reply with a converted try of their own, but skipper Munro steadied the ship with try number two. The conversion attempt hit the post.

Great Skipton pressure from the re-start was kept out by the Medicals and a kick down field saw them in for their second try. The conversion kick was good, but Skipton came straight back with an unconverted try from Munro.

From the re-start, Skipton were caught off-side and a line-out in the corner gave the Medicals their third try, which was converted to give them a 21-17 advantage going into the break.

Skipton came out like a train in the second-half with Munro going over for Skipton's fourth try within minutes of the re-start, earning the bonus league point. Patrick added the extra points. A good run by back row Josh Taylor set up a penalty for Skipton, after a high tackle on Jamie Carroll. Skipton opted for the scrum and No. 8 Carl Nicholson was over, but adjudged held up. The goal line drop-out gave possession back to Skipton and Munro was in for try number five. Patrick again added the extra points.

Skipton conceded a penalty for an infringement at the ruck from the re-start. The Medicals put the ball into the corner and were over for their fourth try from the line-out. The try was converted and the score stood at 31-28 to the home side.

From the re-start, Skipton took their second scrum against the head and scrum-half Jake Emmison put in a probing kick from the base of the scrum. Great line-out work from prop Andy Wooler put the ball wide and saw centre Tom Handforth over for Skipton's sixth try. Patrick again added the extra points.

The Medics came back in force and, despite brilliant tackling in defence by Carroll, they gained a breakaway fifth try from a goal linre drop out. The try was converted and the score stood at 38-35 to Skipton.

With their hearts in their mouths, the Sandylands home crowd saw Skipton gain a penalty from the re-start, but the referee indicated that time had run out, and a simple punt into touch by Emmison sealed the game for Skipton.