Hayward double as Hills go to second

Phoenix action: Peter Atkinson tries to make progress against Ripon.         Picture: FSP Images
Phoenix action: Peter Atkinson tries to make progress against Ripon. Picture: FSP Images
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WHEATLEY Hills, the only top three side to avoid defeat, regained second spot in North East One with a 22-15 win at Cleckheaton.

Hills opened the scoring with a 15th minute try.

Young fly-half Jack Craswell made a break and then put supporting full-back Johnny Woodcock away and the former Dons and Sheffield Eagles’ star ran around 40 metres before sending centre Mickey Hayward in.

Scrum-half Ian Barker touched down for a second unconverted try after supporting a break by winger Ryan Richardson following good handling down the line.

Hayward then scored his second try after beating a couple of defenders.

The home side opened their account in injury time with a converted try. They also landed a penalty to turn around just five points adrift.

The West Yorkshire side dominated the third quarter and drew level with a 57th minute try.

Wheatley got their second wind in the last ten minutes and replacement hooker Sam Kerry touched down from a forward drive. Woodcock tagged on the conversion.

Doncaster Phoenix wentdown to a 22-19 Yorkshire League Two defeat at home to Ripon.

The North Yorkshire side, who had the blustery wind at their backs, raced into a 17-0 lead with a brace of converted tries and a penalty.

Phoenix squandered a couple of good scoring chances before they finally scored on the stroke of half-time - flanker Joe Horrocks going over in the corner for a try converted by full-back Owen Denovan.

But any comeback hopes that the Castle Park club might have entertained, suffered a blow in the opening minutes of the second half as Ripon crossed for a third try to make it 22-7.

There was a second try by Horrocks from a five-metre scrum and centre Dan Greenslade raised Phoenix’s hopes after grabbing a third try but they then proved to be their own worst enemies in the closing stages by taking the wrong options.

A late penalty by fly-half Ollie Cox secured Thornensians a 24-24 Division Three draw at Northallerton.

The half-back, had earlier scored one of Thorne’s three tries and landed three conversions.

Rossington Hornets remain bottom of Division Five after a 76-0 defeat at second-placed Wensleydale.

Second-bottom Adwick lost 36-12 at home to Garforth.