SKIPTON made it three wins on the trot with a four try 30-14 victory over Thornensians, earning another valuable bonus league point.

Three tries from skipper Hamish Munro were crowned by a fourth from second-row Brad Nicholson, and the golden boot of Callum Patrick sealed the game for Skipton with a drop goal ten minutes from time.

Skipton had the lion's share of possession from the kick-off and pressed home their advantage with two tries in the first 15 minutes from Munro. Patrick added the extra points to the first but the second attempt at goal drifted wide.

Centre Lewis Reynoldson was a late arrival for the game, having been detained at work, but took to the field and back-row Anthony Chapman, recovering from a knee injury, returned to the bench.

Thornensians took the game back to Skipton and a sustained period of pressure on the visitors' line saw them over for a converted try. Skipton had good possession from the re-start but a knock-on gave Thornensians the scrum and they were over for a second converted try just before half-time, to go into the break with a 14-12 lead.

Skipton gained a penalty for a high tackle from the re-start and opted for the scrum, pinning Thornensians back in their own 22. The visitors gained a further penalty within kickable range, which Reynoldson slotted to put Skipton back in the lead.

Skipton took a scrum against the head from the re-start and put a penalty kick into the corner, for Thornensians holding on. Swift ball from the line-out saw Munro over for try number three. The attempt at goal fell short.

Skipton returned down field from the re-start and took another scrum against the head, with second-row Brad Nicholson going over for try number four from a ruck close in, earning the bonus point. Reynoldson slotted the conversion.

Thornensians would not give up and continued to apply severe pressure on the visitors. Patrick gained the ball in open play in mid-field and a sweetly struck drop goal took the score to 14-30 in the visitors' favour.

A dour last ten minutes ensued with intense pressure on Skipton's line by the home side, but Skipton's defence was solid to the end and no further points were scored.