BARNSLEY moved further clear of the Yorkshire Division Three relegation zone with a 16-14 win at home to bottom club Sheffield Medicals.

The Shaw Laners remain third-bottom but are six points clear of the relegation zone after winning four of their last six games.

Coach Tom Kittrick said: “It could have been a lot more comfortable. We had 12 players missing, and a few debutants.

“We wasted a lot of chances to score more tries, especially in the last ten or 15 minutes. But, with where we are in the league, it’s just important to get wins. It gives us a little bit of a gap to the bottom two now. We can start to look up the league instead of over our shoulders all the time.

“We’re getting something right.

“Everyone who comes in does a massive job.

“The players have a fantastic attitude and willingness to learn. I can’t speak highly enough of them.”

Greg Colbridge and Jonty Ward scored tries with Joe Perry adding two penalties.

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Man of the match was Tom Henigan.

Barnsley are now due to visit eighth-placed Skipton on Saturday.

Kittrick said: “If we get a bonus point win, we go above them. It’s a big chance to keep moving up the leagues.

“We just want to keep picking up points so we are safe before the end of the season. There are two cups at the end of the season so we want to be in a good place in the league and concentrate on them.”