WHEATLEY Hills climbed back into second spot in North East One with four games to go with a 18-14 win over Old Brodleians and Middlesbrough’s defeat at Malton & Norton.
The West Yorkshire side took an early lead with a penalty and it took Hills until the 20th minute to get in front.
No 8 Byron Elliott broke from the back of a scrum before sending supporting scrum-half Ian Barker over. Fly-half Guy Townsley added the extras and kicked a 25th minute penalty to make it 10-3.
Brods scored an unconverted try to make it 10-8.
Wheatley wing Tom Barker touched down in the corner in stoppage time only to have the ‘try’ disallowed for a forward pass.
The visitors opened up a 14-10 lead in the third quarter with a brace of penalties
Barker had a second touchdown disallowed for a forward pass after breaking clear on the half-way line.
Ian Barker restored Wheatley’s lead after breaking clear from a maul. Townsley’s conversion from under the posts was charged down.
Jack Craswell gave the home side breathing space with a penalty.
Doncaster Phoenix produced a spirited performance in their 38-17 defeat at home to Yorkshire League Division Two leaders Barnsley.
The visitors raced 13-0 ahead with two unconverted tries - the second of which was the first of full-back Appleyard’s hat-trick - and a penalty.
Phoenix hit back when flanker Adi Sheehan barged over from close range.
They were in again when full-back Kerry Thomas joined the line from a lineout and scored off a crash ball. Richard Greaves converted to make it 12-13.
Appleyard went in for his second try, which was converted, to edge his side into a 20-12 lead.
Second-rower Greg Neil went over in stoppage time after Sheehan had made a break down the blindside.
Barnsley extended their lead to 23-17 with a second penalty and added a further three unconverted tries in the second half.
Phoenix’s efforts weren’t helped by the fact that every time they got into a good attacking position they made a handling mistake.