Rugby Union: Hills on the up after defeating Northern

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Wheatley Hills boosted their North One East campaign with an emphatic 44-11 victory over strugglers Northern at York Road.

After a close first half had ended 11-6, the Doncaster side stepped up several gears and emerged comprehensive winners with six tries and five points to their name.

Flanker Ryan Craswell scored Wheatley’s first try from a rolling maul after three minutes.

Although Northern’s fly half Donal Collins kicked a 14th minute penalty, full back Jonny Woodcock kicked two penalties for Wheatley on 17 and 32 minutes to put his side 11-3 ahead.

Collins then kicked a 30-metre drop goal on the half hour, but Wheatley were still ahead.

Northern pulled level shortly after play resumed, Dom Fawcett touching down after Collins had kicked across field and the winger had raced over unopposed.

However, thoughts of a comeback were soon on the back burner for the visitors, as Wheatley pulled out all the stops.

Woodcock scored his first try on 44 minutes and added the conversion, and No 8 Tom White touched down wide out on 49 minutes.

Woodcock added a difficult conversion to make it 25-11.

Winger James Montgomery secured a four-try bonus for Wheatley with his 55th minute try which Woodcock again converted from a narrow angle.

Woodcock then bagged his second try on 69 minutes, again slotting over the conversion.

Finally, White also secured his second try from a lineout catch and drive from five metres out with just five minutes left on the clock.

The victory saw Wheatley go sixth in the table.

Leaders Cleckheaton are 14 points clear at the top and will take some catching.

n Wheatley Hills’ minis section will be holding their Christmas Disco straight after the game against Rossington Stingers on Sunday.

Saturday’s fixtures

North One East: Middlesbrough v Wheatley Hills.

Yorkshire One: Ilkley v Wath, Selby v Doncaster Phoenix.

Yorkshire Three: Thornensians v Hemsworth.

Yorkshire Five: Knaresborough v Rossington Hornets.