WHEATLEY Hills held on to third spot in North East One after completing the double over visiting Carlisle with a 38-17 victory over the Cumbrians at Brunel Road.
But they may have paid a high price with forwards Lee Plevey, Luke Taplin and Andrew Penno all failing to finish the game after picking up injuries.
The Doncaster side played up the slope in the first half. but took an early lead after wing Tom Barker rounded off a bout of good handling down the line to touch down near enough for Guy Townsley to convert.
Carlisle hit back almost immediately, drawing level with a converted try from a forward drive.
But they were second best for most of the game and Wheatley regained the lead with an unconverted try in the corner on the half-hour after scrum-half Ian Barker had dummied his way into space.
The visitors pegged Wheatley’s lead to just two points with a penalty but that was as close as they got to the home side after that.
Wheatley dominated the second half and Ian Barker stretched their lead with a 55th minute try, goaled by Townsley.
Leading try-scorer Gaz Burns increased Wheatley’s lead three minutes later, touching down from a forward drive.
Centre Mickey Hayward kept the scoreboard ticking after cutting inside his marker. Townsley again added the extras.
Tom Barker bagged his second try on 65 minutes to leave Carlisle trailing 38-10. The Cumbrians had the last word, however, and reduced the deficit with a second converted try.
Doncaster Phoenix lost 33-17 at home to local rivals Barnsley in their Yorkshire League Two clash at Castle Park.
Phoenix enjoyed the better of the first half play and had chances to add to centre Craig Deakin’s try out wide converted by player-coach Dan Storey.
But they turned around 12-7 down at the break as a result of four successful penalties by Barnsley fly-half Patrick Jensen.
The Doncaster side regained the lead early in the second half with full-back Chris Conway capitalising on an overlap to score a try again converted by Dan Storey.
But Barnsley’s pack, which included former Doncaster Knights’ forward, Ed Norris, started to dictate and the visitors posted three unanswered tries to clinch a comfortable victory.
Adwick climbed off the bottom of the Yorkshire Five table after beating fellow strugglers Wibsey, who now take their place at the foot of the table, 15-11.
Rossington Hornets crashed to a 71-0 defeat at Sheffield Oaks.
How they stand - North East One: (Leading positions) West Hartlepool P 21 Pts 90, Percy Park 22 87. Wheatley Hills 20 68, Cleckheaton 21 67