Injury-hit Wheatley get back on track

Heavy defeat: Doncaster Phoenix during their 54-17 reversal at Leos.   Picture: FSP Images
Heavy defeat: Doncaster Phoenix during their 54-17 reversal at Leos. Picture: FSP Images
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WHEATLEY Hills were good value for their 39-30 North East One win at Durham City.

Injury-hit Wheatley had five members of their Under-19s team in their squad and fell behind to an early penalty.

But they never trailed after winger Tom Barker had given them a 5-3 lead with a well-taken try.

Leading scorer Gaz Burns claimed Wheatley’s second try, converted by Mark Sanderson, on 20 minutes.

Flanker Byron Elliott added a third try to make it 17-3 before City hit back with two tries.

Centre Ryan Guest raced in from the edge of the 22 after the break, Dan Undy also touching down following a good break, after City had stuck again.

Burns bagged a second try after a No 8 pick-up, which youngster Jack Craswell converted to make it 36-25. Craswell added a penalty before City rounded off the scoring with a late try.

Doncaster Phoenix finished their Yorkshire League Division Two season with a 54-17 defeat at Leos.

The Castle Park club, who have fallen away alarmingly in recent weeks after looking likely to finish in the top four, took a scratch squad of 16 players to West Yorkshire.

The visitor’s defence was woeful at times in the first half, allowing Leos, who led 40-10 at the break, to score a point a minute.

Flanker Joe Horrocks scored Phoenix’s first try from a rolling maul.

Player-coach Dan Story tagged on the conversion and also kicked a penalty later in the half.

The Doncaster side gave an improved showing in the second half, only losing it 14-7.

Second-rower Bev Wilkinson scored Phoenix’s second try, again converted by Storey, from a driving maul following a catch and drive from a lineout close to the line.

Rossington Hornets slumped to a 63-3 Division Five defeat at Wibsey.