Much fancied Hills come from behind to win

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WHEATLEY Hills, again expected to be one of the fancied sides this season, got their North-East One campaign off to a winning start with an 18-5 victory over visiting Cleckheaton.

The West Yorkshire side broke the deadlock in a defence-dominated first half when scoring an unconverted try out wide on 32 minutes.

The Doncaster side, who had been held up on the line on several occasions, opened their account just before half-time with a straight 30 metre penalty by full-back Jonny Woodcock.

Wheatley got their noses in front within two minutes of the restart - free-scoring back-rower Gaz Burns getting the touchdown from a forward drive from a five-metre scrum. Hills extended their lead when 17-year-old flanker Rory Kynman celebrated his first-team debut with a try after twisting out of a tackle following a driving maul. Woodcock added the extras to make it 15-3.

Hills continued to take the game to Cleckheaton but had to settle for a second Woodcock penalty.

Doncaster Phoenix flattered to deceive last season, but they have high hopes of mounting a Yorkshire League Division Two promotion challenge this time around. But they didn’t get off to the flying start that they had been hoping for, losing 17-3 against visiting West Leeds at Castle Park.

Thornensians could be a team to look out for in Division Three this season if Saturday’s 64-20 win over Aireborough at Coulman Road is anything to go by.

Doncaster Amateurs, powered their way to a 59-0 win Division Five rivals Garforth at Castle Park in their first ever competitive game. Rossington Hornets lost 36-8 at Stanley Rodillians.