Rugby Union: Wheatley and Wath slip off promotion pace

Wheatley's Jamie Webb
Wheatley's Jamie Webb

Wheatley Hills suffered a 42-5 defeat away to Rochdale in North One East after losing their way in the second half.

Rochdale had shown signs of being dangerous with Jimmy Flitcroft running in a try after six minutes.

The hosts then added a penalty and a second try through winger Blake Hendry.

Although they trailed at the break, Jamie Webb’s 37th minute try kept Hills in touch with their rivals at 13-5.

Hills were missing key players but would have expected to have competed better in the second half.

Flitcroft quickly added his second try and Dom Serridge added another shortly after.

Wheatley failed to threaten their opponents and Rochdale scored steadily.

Their next try came on 54 minutes from John Mair and just after the hour Rob Neave touched down to make the lead unassailable.

Flitcroft capped off a fine individual performance by completing his hat trick with four minutes remaining.

Hills dropped to seventh as a result of the defeat. They host fellow mid-table side Driffield on Saturday.

Wath on Dearne slipped further off the pace in Yorkshire One when they lost 18-15 at Old Brodleians.

An early Andy Appleyard penalty put Wath ahead but Brodleians scored the first of their two tries to turn round 7-3 ahead.

Wath hit back with second half tries by Thomas Quinn and Andy Hopkin, the latter converted by Appleyard, but the home side clinched the game with a late penalty.