Wheatley pay heavy price for red cards

No way through: Tim Elliott against West Leeds.       Picture: FSP Images
No way through: Tim Elliott against West Leeds. Picture: FSP Images
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WHEATLEY Hills suffered a controversial 21-18 defeat away to North East League leaders West Hartlepool.

The Doncaster side dominated the first half and West Hartlepool’s 7-3 interval lead - the result of a catch-and-drive from a lineout just before half-time - flattered them,

Wheatley, who had led through a Guy Townsley penalty, regained the lead three minutes after the restart, No 8 Gaz Burns driving over from a maul for a try goaled by Townsley. Not long after, centre Mickey Hayward scored out wide. Townsley failed to add the extras leaving the score standing at 15-7.

With the Wheatley pack dominating the game, the result looked to be a foregone conclusion when Townsley added to their lead with a 65th-minute penalty.

But the visitors suffered a double setback as forwards Andrew Penno and Luke Taplin were singled out for a red card following a brawl sparked off by a Hartlepool player allegedly trying to gauge Penno. The home side cashed in on their numerical advantage to score a converted try.

They scored the winning try nine minutes into stoppage time - no-one in the Wheatley camp knowing where the referee had got so much time from. The North-East official blew for time immediately the conversion had been kicked.

Doncaster Phoenix failed to lay their West Leeds bogey as they suffered a 16-11 Yorkshire League Division Two defeat away to the lowly West Yorkshire side.

The Castle Park club found themselves trailing after just a couple of minutes as the home side capitalised on an overlap to score an unconverted try out wide.

West Leeds added a penalty to stretch their lead to 8-0. Former Doncaster Colts forward James Watson opened Phoenix’s account, driving over from a lineout.

Both sides exchanged penalties to leave Phoenix trailing 11-8 at the break,

Player-coach Dan Storey levelled the scores at 11-11 with his second penalty.

The visitors were reduced to 14 men when centre Mick Sykes was yellow carded and the home side grabbed the match-winning try.

Thornensians suffered a 26-8 Division Three derby defeat away to third-placed Goole. Flanker

Sam Kerry’s hat-trick secured Wheatley Hills seconds an 18-7 win over Rossington Hornets.