Rugby union: Injury-hit Wheatley Hills go down fighting

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A Wheatley Hills team decimated by injuries lost 42-10 on the road at Alnwick but the scoreline flattered their opponents and the youngsters brought in as cover battled hard throughout, writes Frazer Snowdon.

With the wind at their backs, Wheatley started brightly and scored the first try of the game after four minutes with centre Neil Dunn running through.

But on 16 minutes, the home side levelled the scores through Oli Sutheran and they went on to take a 22-5 lead at the break through tries from Callum Burn, James Bird and Ben Gorthorp.

Once again, Wheatley were quick out of the blocks after the restart and flanker Ryan Cresswell reduced the arrears with a try.

But a ten-minute spell saw Alnwick run away with the game as Peter Moralee and Iain Gray got on the scoresheet and Burn completed his brace.

Hills lie seventh in the table. They return to action on March 21 at home to West Hartlepool.

Ryan Pilley and Evan Johnson both scored a brace as Thornensians recorded an impressive 46-3 defeat of Baildon in Yorkshire Three.

Stuart Hughes, Aiden Smith and Zak Holgate also scored tries and Josh Walker’s boot added the rest of the points with five conversions and a penalty.

Rossington Hornets narrowly squeaked past Garforth with a tight 34-32 victory in Yorkshire Five, helped along their way by four Nicholas Ashton penalties.

Dean Brown, John Richardson and captain Billy McDowall all went over the line for tries for the Hornets, while Ashton added to his penalty haul with two conversions to wrap up the win for Rossington.