Hero Hayward saves the day for Wheatley Hills

Vital kicks: Guy Townsley excelled on his seasonal debut for Whetaley Hills.     Picture: steve taylor
Vital kicks: Guy Townsley excelled on his seasonal debut for Whetaley Hills. Picture: steve taylor
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WHEATLEY Hills celebrated their first home North East One game of the season with a hard-fought 22-20 win over Malton & Norton.

The visitors, who recruited heavily during the close season, took an early 3-0 lead after Wheatley were penalised for handling in the ruck.

Wheatley opened their account on 25 minutes, centre Ryan Guest cutting inside to score after the ball had been moved along the line. Fly-half Guy Townsley added the extras.

Townsley extended Wheatley’s lead to 10-3 early in the second half. But the visitors bossed the third quarter and scored two converted tries in four minutes to lead 17-10.

Townsley kicked his side into a 19-17 lead when kicking three penalties in ten minutes.

The visitors looked to have won the game with a long-range penalty five minutes from time. But with the whistle poised to blow, full-back Mickey Hayward won the game with a drop goal from just outside the Malton 22 which went over after striking the left-hand post.

Doncaster Phoenix got off the mark in Yorkshire League Two at the second time of asking, winning 16-13 at Skipton.

The Castle Park side led 6-3 at the break courtesy of a brace of penalties by centre Ben Millar.

Phoenix opened up a match-winning 16-3 lead after the interval with a try by No 8 Nick Byrne - his second in as many games - and a conversion and a another penalty by Miller.

Millar formed a useful centre-pairing with Craig Deakin with new fly-half from Market Rasen, Owen Denovan, also showing up well.

Thornensians posted a comfortable 28-9 Division Three win over visiting Burley.

Adwick suffered a 37-5 Division Five defeat at home to Hornsea. Rossington lost 35-8 at home to Wensleydale.