A disappointing performance by Wharfedale left them firmly rooted to the bottom of the table with a massive mountain to climb in 2018.
Otley showed more determination than Dale in the first half and a try just before half time gave them a 13-6 advantage that they deserved.
The visitors barely touched the ball before Otley scored their first try after 5 minutes. Strong play by the home side led to an Otley 5 metre scrum. The ball was picked up by scrum half, Joe Rowntree, who darted over the line. Rowntree could not add the conversion.
Tom Barrett kept Dale in touch with two penalties to one from Rowntree.
Wharfedale then started to open up the game and looked threatening but gave away a silly penalty on Otley’s 22. A quick tap from Rowntree took him up to halfway and his pass to Henry Roberts sent the winger clear to the line. Rowntree added the extras.
Otley scored their third try, after 55 minutes, when they were handed field position by a Wharfedale fumble on their own 22. Good offloading and support play ended with an unconverted try for Sam Cook.
Wharfedale fought back and battered Otley’s line. Eventually Adam Howard crashed over and Barrett added the two points.
Adam Howard’s try
Wharfedale clung on to leave with a bonus point.
Team: – Tom Davidson; Robbie Davidson, Charlie Graham, Joel Gill, Oliver Cicignini; Tom Barrett, Philip Woodhead; Toms Asejevs (Joe Altham 29), Dan Stockdale, Reece Ward, Adam Howard, Richard Rhodes (Jim Mason 4), Rob Baldwin, James tyson, George Hedgley.
Replacements not used: – Ian Larkin, Steve Graham, Tom Mann