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Drenched Spirits As Hoppers Lose Again

9 November 2015

Hoppers vs Otley

Preston Grasshoppers lost at home for the second time this season as they went down 17-3 to Yorkshire side Otley in treacherous conditions.

While the annual fireworks display at Hoppers provided entertainment and excitement to many spectators last Thursday evening, there was little to get excited about on Saturday where heavy showers and a drenched pitch prevented both sides from properly getting into their rhythm.

A Sean Taylor penalty gave Hoppers an advantage at the break after a scrappy first period, but a rejuvenated Otley side turned the game almost immediately in the second half, scoring a try through Gareth Newman which was converted by Stephen Depledge.

Depledge had previously missed a couple of penalty kicks in the first half, but it was third time lucky as he adjusted his kicking to the slippery conditions and extended Otley’s lead on the hour with a penalty to make the score 10-3.

He then kicked his final conversion of the afternoon after Declan Dunn touched down for the visitors with just under fifteen minutes remaining.

Hoppers suffered the same fate against Otley at Lightfoot Green last season, narrowly losing by 25 points to 24 just days before Christmas, despite claiming a brilliant 24-17 victory at Otley’s Cross Green earlier in the season.

The result leaves Hoppers with 14 points from nine games so far this season, just a single point above the relegation places, and with their next match against bottom side Luctonians on Saturday 14th November now a must-win if the team is to start pushing on into the second half of the season.

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