Hills are alive with a superb 13-try victory

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WHEATLEY Hills ran in 13 tries as they routed struggling Darlington 85-5 to claim their third North East One win in as many starts.

This is believed to be the club’s biggest ever win at this level.

The visitors had no answer to Wheatley’s forward power or the pace of their backs and the result was never in doubt.

Hills led 24-0 at the break and went on to score at will in the second.

Teenage wing Chris Blessed, who opened the scoring in the first minute, was one of three players to bag a brace.

Fellow wing Ryan Richardson’s double featured a 90 metre effort late in the game with second-rower Gareth Manuel grabbing a pair of second-half tries after coming off the bench just before the break.

Former Dons and Sheffield Eagles’ star Jonny Woodcock also scored a long-range try and converted 10 tries.

Another man to have played for both South Yorkshire rugby league clubs, Tom Buckenham, also got in on the act as did Chris Cusack, Gaz Burns, Mickey Hayward, Ben Millar and hooker Mark Cahill.

Doncaster Phoenix became the first side this season to beat Yorkshire League Division Two rivals Yarnbury, running out 20-13 winners at Castle Park.

The home side grabbed an early 5-0 lead when player-coach Ryan Peacey touched down from a rolling maul.

The West Yorkshire side cut the deficit to just two points with a penalty by their full-back. Peacey struck again on 31 minutes when grabbing a second close-range try to secure his side a 10-3 lead.

Yarnbury landed a second penalty but Phoenix continued to dictate the forward exchanges, in a closely contested game, and increased their lead on 63 minutes with a well taken try by speedy centre Craig Deakin, which he also converted, to make it 17-6.

Yarnbury weren’t done, however, and they set up a grandstand finish when scoring a converted try and the result remained in the balance until Phoenix kicked a late penalty.

Thornensians maintained their bright start to their Division Three campaign with a high-scoring 57-27 win over previously unbeaten Bramley Phoenix at Coulman Road.

Division Five newcomers Doncaster Amateurs, routed local rivals Rossington Hornets 50-10 at Castle Park.