Rugby Union: Wheatley Hills 38 Billingham 33

Wheatley Hills moved back into contention at the North One East summit with a hard earned win over leaders Billingham.

Hills were quick off the mark and went ahead after five minutes when Gareth Burns crashed over for a try which Jack Craswell converted.

Craswell then kicked a penalty to extend the lead, and he was on target with the conversion when winger Johnny Marshall raced over for Wheatley’s second try.

Billingham didn’t score until midway through the first half, but Wheatley were soon back in control when Burns touched down for his second try and Craswell converted.

Again Billingham responded with a try, but right on half time Ian Barker dived over to give Craswell an easy kick and the home side a 31-12 interval lead.

Tom Barker intercepted and raced through from his own 22, Craswell again adding the points, to increase the home side’s lead - before Billingham fought their way back into contention with three more converted tries, the last in stoppage time, but Wheatley held their nerve.

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