Wheatley beaten by leaders and slip to lowest position

Leading scorer: Gaz Burns scored Wheatley's first try
Leading scorer: Gaz Burns scored Wheatley's first try
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WHEATLEY Hills dropped down to fifth on points difference - their lowest place of the season - in North East One after going down 25-17 at home to league leaders West Hartlepool.

Playing up the slope in the first half, the Doncaster side fancied their chances turning around just 3-0 down at the break.

Leading try-scorer Gaz Burns secured Wheatley the lead five minutes after the restart when driving over from the back of a maul. Fly-half Guy Townsley added the extras to make it 7-3.

Townsley was again on the mark three minutes later but Hartlepool cut the deficit to four points with a second penalty.

Wheatley, seeking to avenge an earlier defeat at Hartlepool, increased their lead with a try by Byron Elliott.

The back-rower was up in support to take the scrum-half try-scoring pass after Ian Barker, who had broken from the Hartlepool 22 had been tackled five metres short of the line.

Townsley’s conversion left the North-east side trailing 17-6 and seemingly heading for only their third defeat of the season.

Both sides had a man sin-binned for a technical offence - young forward Sam Kerry being the Wheatley player to be yellow carded - before the visitors scored tries on 65 and 75 minutes to claim a 20-17 lead.

The game remained in the balance until West Hartlepool crossed again in stoppage time.

Doncaster Phoenix’s mixed form of recent weeks continued when they lost 24-14 at home to West Leeds in Yorkshire League Two.

Adwick again prop up the Division Five table after exchanges places with Wibsey following the home team’s 35-23 win.

Wheatley seconds beat a Thornensians XV 22-18.

Winger Marty Hall bagged a brace of tries for Wheatley with fly-half Jack Craswell and veteran scrum-half Daz Martin also touching down.