RUGBY UNION: Hills roll on

Wheatley Hills RUFC. Back (L-R) Martin Hobbs, Ben Fairclough, Rory Kynman, Stuart Tijanic, Ollie Moverley, Gareth Manuel, Gareth Burns, Chris Blessed, Mick Sykes, Ryan Guest and Lee Wallace. Front (L-R) Dave Kidman, Mat White, Brad Stevenson, Tom Bulliment, Darren Martin, Sam Kerry, Paddy O'Donovan, Johnny Woodcock, Joe Scully, Guy Townsley and Dave Scully. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Wheatley Hills RUFC. Back (L-R) Martin Hobbs, Ben Fairclough, Rory Kynman, Stuart Tijanic, Ollie Moverley, Gareth Manuel, Gareth Burns, Chris Blessed, Mick Sykes, Ryan Guest and Lee Wallace. Front (L-R) Dave Kidman, Mat White, Brad Stevenson, Tom Bulliment, Darren Martin, Sam Kerry, Paddy O'Donovan, Johnny Woodcock, Joe Scully, Guy Townsley and Dave Scully. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

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WHEATLEY Hills made it eight wins out of eight to maintain pole position in North One East with a 46-11 home victory over fourth placed Old Crossleyans.

Hills ran in six tries to clinch a sixth bonus point from eight matches, maintaining their three-point lead over Beverley.

A Jonathan Woodcock penalty put Wheatley ahead after six minutes.

Crossleyans replied two minutes later with a penalty from their own full-back Lee Thomas, but Wheatley took play upfield for fly-half Jack Craswell to touch down for the opening try.

Craswell squeezed over at the right hand corner flag, and right footer Woodcock landed the conversion with an impressive kick.

Woodcock and Thomas exchanged penalties to give Wheatley a 13-6 interval lead.

The home side gained a territorial advantage in the second half, although Crossleyans battled well to stay in contention.

Within three minutes of the restart Wheatley’s No 8 Gareth Burns touched down for a try which Woodcock converted.

Two minutes later, from a penalty move, centre Ben Miller kicked the ball on and brushed aside several tackles to score another try, Woodcock again adding the points.

Crossleyans fought their way back for Thomas to score their lone try, but four minutes later – from a line-out five metres out – Burns raced through for another try, Woodcock converting to give the home side a 34-11 lead.

They were then awarded a penalty try as they went for a pushover on the Crossleyans line. Woodcock converted, and the only kick he missed all match was when Burns raced through for his hat-trick with three minutes remaining.

Wheatley travel to Morpeth on Saturday.

Doncaster Phoenix rode their luck at times as they hung on for a 29-21 win over Leodiensian in Yorkshire Two on Saturday – largely thanks to the return of fly-half Dan Storey.

Storey has been out for 14 months after undergoing an operation on his knee but was back with a bang as he made a telling contribution to proceedings.

After adding conversions to the tries of Ross Owen and Craig Deakin, Storey went over himself before kicking a penalty to put Phoenix in a commanding half-time lead.

Leodiensian scored two tries after the break but Phoenix never surrendered their lead and Storey rounded off a great display by slotting over three penalties and a drop goal to see off their opponents.

Phoenix travel to Ripon on Saturday.

Thornensians slipped one place to third position in Yorkshire Three when they were defeated 28-14 at home to leaders Old Rishworthians.

Despite them expecting a hard match, it was a disappointing result who beat the visitors in the pack but failed to perform at their best in the backs, who have laid the foundations of their five league wins so far.

Thorne took an early lead with a try by flanker Ryan Pilley, converted by Ricky Tipper, but Rishworthians edged in front at 8-7 with a penalty and an unconverted try.

The visitors turned round 15-7 ahead and increased their lead before Thorne scored again through No 8 Robert Moffat.

Ricky Tipper converted, and with 17 minutes left to play Thorne looked as though they might be on a winner until they knocked on in their own 22 and the Rishworthians winger raced over to score in the corner.

Thorne visit Old Modernians on Saturday.

Adwick le Street ran out 15-5 winners in a friendly fixture at Wibsey.

They had been scheduled to play a Yorkshire Five league match but Adwick conceded the game as they did not have enough players available.

Wibsey lent them some players to make up the numbers, and a friendly match was played, thereby avoiding a points deduction for the Doncaster side.