Rugby Union: Wheatley Hills suffer surprise setback at Driffield

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Wheatley Hills did not make the best of starts to their new year as they lost to Driffield in North One East for the second time this season, writes Frazer Snowdon.

Despite Wheatley sitting ten places above their opponents in the league, Driffield managed to snatch the win in the closing stages of the match, converting a late penalty to make it 20-18.

It was a finely-balanced game throughout and although Tom Buckenham scored a try for Wheatley in the first half, Driffield matched it through Sam Fairbank and Robin Kitching’s kicking which gave them a 14-11 lead at the break.

It looked as though a James Montgomery try and Jonathan Woodcock conversion might have won it for Wheatley on 73 minutes but the visitors went up the other end and were awarded a penalty.

Kitching, who had been accurate with his kicking all game, made no mistake from right in front of the posts.

Hills are sixth in the North One East table. They travel to Pocklington on Saturday.

Wath on Dearne crashed to a 50-8 defeat on the road at Selby in Yorkshire One.

They started the brightly and traded scoring with their hosts early on with Anthony Barrett scoring a penalty and second row forward Joe Earp scoring a try.

But the game soon ran away from them with Selby’s star man Josh Cruise scoring a hat trick.

It was a stark contrast to earlier in the season when Wath beat Selby 21-7.

Elsewhere, Thornensians were 13-5 winners at Burley, boosting their Yorkshire Three campaign.

The Coulman Road club are fourth in the table, ten points adrift of leaders Old Grovians.