SKIPTON made it two home wins on the trot with tries from skipper Hamish Munro, Carl Nicholson and the pivotal moment of the game when winger Zobair Hussain intercepted early in the second-half to run the full length of the field for a third try under the posts.

Thirsk received a yellow card for a high tackle on winger Jamie Carroll in the opening minutes. The home side then withstood pressure on their line in the early exchanges and gained a penalty within kickable range for a deliberate knock-on by Thirsk. The attempt at goal hit the post but Skipton took the game straight back to the visitors and Munro was soon over for an unconverted try.

Thirsk again put pressure on Skipton but the home side cleared and came close from the line-out. Thirsk responded with a breakaway by their full-back around the blind side of the ruck and he was in for an unconverted try.

A great break by Munro from the re-start put Hussain clear but the pass was adjudged forward. Skipton kept up the forward momentum and No. 8 Nicholson was over for the home side's second try from a ruck close in. Centre Lewis Reynoldson added the extra points.

The match was far from over and Thirsk responded with a second converted try of their own from pressure on Skipton's line. Skipton centre Tom Handforth picked up a yellow card just before half-time for an infringement at the ruck and the sides went into the break with the scores even at 12-12.

Skipton back-row Joe Martin was injured at the re-start and veteran prop Chris Wright came into the pack to replace him. Skipton were under pressure in their own 22 when an interception by Hussain saw him run the full length of the field to score under the posts. Reynoldson added the extra points.

A dour second-half followed with some dogged defence by Skipton and they held on for the all important 19-12 victory.