WHEATLEY Hills posted their tenth win in as many starts to retain top spot in North East One.
But they were made to work harder for their 28-7 five-point win over mid-table Pocklington at Brunel Road than the scoreline would suggest.
For the first time this season, Wheatley were second best in the forward exchanges, especially in the first half, and the visitors enjoyed long spells of possession and field position.
But their lack of a cutting edge, and their failure to convert two early penalties meant that it was Wheatley who opened the scoring with a try by prop Pat O’Donovan after top try-scorer Gaz Burns had been held just short following a storming run.
Full-back Johnny Woodcock tagged on the conversion before rounding off a fine handling move after joining the line 30 metres out and beating two defenders to score a try he also converted to secure his side a 14-0 interval lead.
Pocklington capitalised from a mistake from the restart with flanker Jack Holbrough touching down for a try converted by brother Joe.
The game remained in the balance until the last quarter when during which time Wheatley capitalised on more possession and field position to score two further tries.
Burns went over for a 70th minute try after picking the ball up from a ruck and driving over.
Centre Mike Hayward went over after winger Ryan Richardson had done well after the ball had been moved out wide.
Doncaster Phoenix climbed into second place in Yorkshire League One after beating Roundhegians 29-18 at Castle Park.
Trailing the Leeds club 6-0, Phoenix hit back to lead with a try by speedy full-back Craig Deakin, converted by fly-half Dan Storey.
The visitors regained the lead with a converted try but Deakin went in for a second converted try to earn his side a 14-13 interval lead.
Phoenix pulled clear in the third quarter with a Storey penalty and a hat-trick try by Deakin, who made the extra man. Wing Owen Denovan finished well to complete Phoenix’s tally.
Thornensians ran out 38-13 winners over mid-table Hemsworth in their Division Three Three clash at Coulman Road. Scrum-half Rothwell opened their account with a 20th minute try, goaled by fly-half Mike Beckett converted. With No 8 Robert Moffatt and hooker Lee Linsdell also going over for converted tries, the Doncaster side led 21-10 at the break
Brett Hunt raced in for a hat-trick in the last quarter, one of which was converted by Beckett, to complete the scoring.
Doncaster Amateurs, who led 10-3 at the break, ran riot in the second half of their 45-3 Division Five win over Stanley Rodillians.
The three Steadman brothers – Mark, Tom and Paul all scored a try each with Dan Riley and Will Duckett also got in on the action as did two-try Alex Keaton.
Bottom club Rossington Hornets slumped to a 38-7 defeat at Rotherham Clifton. Flanker Chris Jones scoring their consolation try.