Hills worth more than narrow win

Debut try: Jonny Woodcock
Debut try: Jonny Woodcock
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WHEATLEY Hills beat North East One rivals Morpeth more easily than the 32-26 scoreline would suggest.

The Doncaster side were leading 32-12 just minutes from the end of normal time prior to conceding two late converted tries.

Try double: Owen Denovan in action during Doncaster Phoenix's 38-18 win over Goole at Castle Park.  picture: FSP IMAGES

Try double: Owen Denovan in action during Doncaster Phoenix's 38-18 win over Goole at Castle Park. picture: FSP IMAGES

Third-placed Wheatley grabbed an early 3-0 lead thanks to an early Jack Craswell penalty.

Play was fairly even before Morpeth took a 7-3 lead with a converted try out wide.

Wheatley regained the lead on 27 minutes after centre Mickey Hayward rounded off a bout of good handling to cut inside his marker 10 metres out to score near enough for Craswell to convert to make it 10-7.

Outside centre Ryan Guest also touched down before the break after racing in from 30 metres out. Craswell again added the extras to secure the visitors a 17-7 interval lead.

Former Dons and Sheffield Eagles full-back Jonny Woodcock, who joined the club in midweek, scored on his debut seven minutes after the break.

The home side pulled it back to 24-12 with an unconverted try on 58 minutes.

Woodcock made the extra man when joining the line in a move which resulted in winger Chris Blessed scoring out wide.

Craswell missed the conversion but tagged on a 75th minute penalty to make 32-12.

Doncaster Phoenix beat bottom club Goole 38-18 in a scrappy Yorkshire League Two encounter at Castle Park. Johnny Stuart landed an early penalty and he also added the conversion when full-back Owen Denovan touched down after joining the line.

Scrum-half Joe Watts darted over from the back of the scrum to give Phoenix a 15-0 interval lead.

Denovan crossed for a second try after the break, which Stuart again converted to make it 22-0.

The visitors hit back with a converted try and a penalty

Flanker Joe Horrocks scored from close range after pressure by the forwards.

Goole hit back with a brace of quickly-taken tries but a try by second-rower Greg Neill, converted by Denovan, served to seal their fate.

Thornensians drew level with Baildon in Division Three when beating their Division Three rivals 16-6 at Coulman Road.

Hooker Scott Berry scored the only try of the game in the second half when the score stood at 9-6.

Olly Cox, who had earlier landed three penalties, added the touchline conversion.

Adwick climbed up to eighth place in Division Five - their highest position for some time - following their 17-13 derby win over visiting Rossington Hornets.

Wheatley Hills seconds beat visiting Dinnington seconds 12-11 in their Yorkshire (South) League One Merit clash.

Fly-half Mark Sanderson and flanker Steven Roberts shared out the two tries with Nial Crowcroft landing a conversion.