Wheatley slip to third despite Northern win

Forging on: Carey Thomas tries to evade a tackle in Phoenix's last-gasp win.'         Picture: FSP images
Forging on: Carey Thomas tries to evade a tackle in Phoenix's last-gasp win.' Picture: FSP images
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WHEATLEY Hills dropped a place to third in North East One despite coming from behind to beat Northern - Middlesbrough going clear in second spot following their bonus point win.

Northern drew first blood with an early converted try and went over again to lead 12-0.

The Doncaster side hit back when winger Tom Barker raced in from the halfway line for a try converted by Guy Townsley to make it 12-7 at the break.

Former Dons and Sheffield Eagles’ star Johnny Woodcock touched down after the break to level the scores. Townsley again added the extras to edge his side in front at 14-12.

Northern regained the lead with a penalty but the visitors completed the double with a late unconverted try by Chris Blessed to claim a 19-15 win.

Doncaster Phoenix checked their slide down the Yorkshire League Two table, coming from behind to grab a late 27-26 win over higher-placed Selby at Castle Park.

The home side stormed into a commanding 20-9 interval lead with a brace of catch-and-drive tries by prop Mike Liddle and flanker Joe Horrocks.

Centre Andy Ellis also touched down after some good handling from a lineout. Jonno Storey tagged on the conversion and also kicked a penalty.

Selby scored three tries without reply after the break to lead 26-20, but Phoenix grabbed a welcome win with a late penalty try, converted by Storey.

Full-back Zak Holgate bagged a brace of tries as Thornensians beat mid-table Bramley Phoenix 27-17 away from home in their Division Three clash.

Rossington Hornets stay bottom of Division Five after crashing 31-3, their 17th defeat in as many starts at fellow strugglers Nestle Rowntree.

Doncaster rivals Adwick drop back to second bottom after slumping to a 54-5 home defeat against third-placed Wensleydale.