Phoenix storm back to beat high-fliers

Tim Elliott in action during Phoenix's 57-29 win at home in Moortown.   Picture: FSP Images
Tim Elliott in action during Phoenix's 57-29 win at home in Moortown. Picture: FSP Images
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WHEATLEY Hills players were again left kicking their heels at the weekend after their home North East One clash against Northern fell victim to a frost bound pitch.

The Doncaster club had been confident of the game going ahead on Friday afternoon with the pitch being in perfect condition, but after overnight temperatures dropped to minus four locally, officials were forced to make an early decision on Saturday morning to prevent the Newcastle-based club from making a wasted journey.

Dan Morris in action during Phoenix's 57-29 win at home to Moortown.   Pictur: FSP Images

Dan Morris in action during Phoenix's 57-29 win at home to Moortown. Pictur: FSP Images

Doncaster Phoenix’s pitch at Castle Park was also frost bound early on Saturday morning but it had thawed out in time for their Yorkshire League Two home game against third-placed Moortown to go ahead.

The Leeds club raced into a 14-0 lead in less than ten minutes after punishing Phoenix mistakes. The home hit back with tries by outside centre Tim Elliott and flanker Dan Morris, both converted by player-coach Dan Storey.

But with the visitors also bagging another couple of first half tries, Phoenix trailed by 24-14 at the break.

The Doncaster side made a slow start before finding their top form to run in six further tries.

Both Tom Elliott and Craig Deakin, who switched from full-back, baggedbraces.

Nick Byrne also grabbed a try as did Mark Longworth. Storey converted five of the six tries in addition to dropping a goal to complete a 57-29 victory.

Thornensians recorded back-to-back Division Three wins, beating bottom club Old Otliensians 37-5. Winger Brett Hunt, who also touched down again later in the game, opened the scoring with a try converted by Oliver Cox. The home hit back to make it 7-5 but that was as close as they got and the Doncaster side pulled well clear with Gareth Sutton (2) and newcomer Dean Martindale adding to Hunt’s brace.

Rossington Hornets stung local Division Five rivals Adwick, who remain bottom, when handing out a 34-10 beating to claim their fifth victory.