DONCASTER Phoenix, who have blown hot and cold in Yorkshire League Two in recent weeks, produced an improved showing in a 14-3 defeat at fourth-placed Yarnbury.
The West Yorkshire club made good use of slope and the blustery wind in the first half to build up a 14-0 interval lead courtesy of converted tries by flanker Richard Longstaff and centre Jason Avison.
The Castle Park club went close to a try on several occasions and player-coach Dan Storey was just wide with a couple of penalty attempts.
Storey opened mid-table Phoenix’s account with a penalty early in the second half but they continued to struggled to come to terms with the powerful and well organised Yarnbury pack
Both sides had tries disallowed - Phoenix second-rower Joe Horrocks seeing his ‘score’ chalked off for a forward pass.
Thornensians were without a game in Division Three as were North East One outfit Wheatley Hills, who held on to fourth spot.
Rossington Hornets went down 25-19 at home to Division rivals Stocksbridge.
Adwick, who were without a Division Five game, took on Doncaster Phoenix seconds in a friendly at home and lost 50-3.
Johnny Woodcock made it ten tries from the last two games when weighing in with a hat-trick.