WHEATLEY Hills suffered a 12-10 defeat at Old Brodleians on their return to action in North East One after a three-week lay-off.
The Doncaster side would have taken the lead had winger Tom Barker backed himself to score after a long run instead of looking for support on his inside ten metres from the line.
The home side converted two penalties to lead 6-0 at the break. Fourth-placed Wheatley, who had played up the slope in the first half closed the deficit to 6-5 on 50 minutes when Barker rounded some good handling to score out wide.
No sooner had the celebrations died down than No 8 Byron Elliott had touched down for a second try following good work by the forwards.
Centre Guy Townsley again failed to convert. Wheatley were their own worst enemies in the last quarter, giving away a number of penalties, two of which were converted.
Wheatley seconds beat Huddersfield YMCA thirds 31-12 in their Yorkshire 2nd XV League Division Two clash. Ryan Richardson, Terry Beedham, Phil Rowse and promising youngster Ben Fairclough all touched down and they were also awarded a penalty try.
In-form Doncaster Phoenix needed a late penalty from near touch by player-coach Dan Storey to collect a 15-12 win away to Yorkshire League Two strugglers Old Rishworthians.
The conditions proved a great leveller and the Castle Park club had to settle for a brace of touchdowns by No 8 Dan Morris, one of which was converted by Storey.
The victory saw Phoenix, who have a game in hand, join Barnsley in third place.
Phoenix look to have left themselves too much to do to catch top two Huddersfield YMCA and Pocklington, but spokesman Bill Farley says the club have not given up hope: “We’ve only got an outside chance and we would have to win all our remaining game,” he said. “But Pocklington have still got to come here and I think the top two have still got to play each other twice.”
Thornensians posted a 29-5 Division Three win with Old Modernians.
Adwick remain bottom of Division Five despite recording a 16-10 win over mid-table Rotherham Clifton.