Rugby union: Forwards power Wheatley Hills to victory

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Wheatley Hills consolidated their mid-table position in North One East with an impressive 30-22 home victory over West Hartlepool.

Hills are still stuck in seventh position but victory moved them to within a point of sixth placed Morpeth.

Hartlepool, with the wind in the first half, were quick to take advantage and went ahead with an early try.

From a five-metre line-out, Wheatley had a kick charged down and prop Adam Coates crashed over.

Stuart Waites converted to give the visitors a seven point lead.

However, Wheatley were already looking stronger in the forwards, and after a spell of sustained pressure they levelled the score when prop Kris Fullman forced his way over to score a try which Jonathan Woodcock converted.

A second try from flanker Tom Buckenham put Wheatley 12-7 ahead at half time.

With the wind on their backs, Wheatley increased their lead with two penalty goals by Woodcock to one by Waites for the visitors, Woodcock’s second kick hitting the spot from 40 yards out and at an angle.

Hartlepool stayed in the game with a try by No 8 Jonathan Boatman but Wheatley quickly restored the margin when former Halifax Rugby League winger Rob Worrincy sprinted over in the corner.

Woodcock did well to convert from the touchline.

The visitors once again bounced back when the ball went across the line and right winger Scott Butcher went in for a try which Waites converted.

But Wheatley had the last word when Worrincy ran 40 yards to score in the right hand corner two minutes from time.

It was not converted but it was enough to deny Hartlepool a losing bonus point.

Sixth placed Thornensians went down 29-13 at Northallerton in Yorkshire Three.

The home side’s win moved them to within a point of Thorne.

This Saturday, Thorne will be aiming to return to winning ways when they travel to eighth-placed Aireborough.

After a blank weekend in Yorkshire Five, Rossington Hornets entertain Wensleydale this Saturday.

Rossington currently lie sixth in the nine-team division following two wins and two draws from their opening four games.