LOUIS Silver kicked 16 points to fire struggling Luctonians to victory.

The Herefordshire outfit ran out 26-24 winners at Tynedale in a match they dominated for large periods.

Silver's four penalty kicks helped Luctonians keep their noses in front, while two tries from Owen Davies gave him to the opportunity to add a couple of conversions.

The win - Lucs' eighth of the campaign - ensured a happier return from Tynedale than their first attempt in December when the Kingsland side were just 20 minutes away from the ground, which is near Newcastle-upon-Tyne, when it was called because of heavy rain.

Luctonians remain 14th but distanced themselves from bottom-placed Huddersfield.

On Saturday, they dominated the first half with Silver kicking three penalties before converting Davies' try on the stroke of half time as Luctonians went in at the break 16-6 ahead.

But in the second half their mid-table hosts found some form and tries from right wing Rob Parker and full-back Dan Marshall, plus a penalty, nudged them in front before a grandstand finish saw Davies' second try with ten minutes to go.

This was again converted by Silver, who added a late penalty.

But the drama wasn't over there as Marshall scored again, presenting his side with a chance to grab a draw. However, the conversion was missed and Luctonians held on for a vital victory.

The match was the first of three successive away matches for Luctonians. This Saturday they travel to mid-table Preston Grasshoppers before heading north again the following weekend when they take on Harrogate.