Wheatley in 52-16 win to stay in the title hunt

Richard Greaves: Second try for Phoenix.                PICTURE: fsp images
Richard Greaves: Second try for Phoenix. PICTURE: fsp images
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PROMOTION-chasing Wheatley Hills kept the pressure on North East One leaders Billingham when completing the double over Gateshead. They ran in eight tries in a 52-16 win.

Visitors Gateshead were in front three times during the first half but Wheatley hit back to lead 19-6 at the interval and never looked back.

Centre Mickey Hayward opened Wheatley’s account after beating a couple of defenders around the Gateshead 22 to score in the corner.

Scrum-half Ian Barker got Wheatley’s second try when he dummied his way into space from a maul and raced in from about 30 metres out. Jack Craswell added the extras.

Just before the interval Barker broke from a scrum close to the line and went in for a second try. Craswell again converted.

In the second half winger Ryan Richardson made a good break down the right before passing inside to full-back Johnny Woodcock who touched down near enough for Craswell to convert.

Craswell touched down from close range after cutting inside from a scrum heel but failed to convert.

Woodcock grabbed a second try on 68 minutes, which Craswell converted, and Wheatley increased their lead when No 8 Byron Elliott got the touchdown from a pushover try.

Veteran player-coach Dave Scully, who took over from injured flanker Ryan Craswell in the last quarter, scored the last try, again converted by Craswell.

Doncaster Phoenix registered a 29-19 Yorkshire League Division Two win at Moortown. The Castle Park club led 29-0 before relaxing their grip in the final quarter.

Phoenix opened the scoring with a try by No 8 Dan Morris, following some inter-play between backs and forwards.

Ben Millar celebrated his return after injury adding the conversion before landing a penalty after he been impeded following a good break.

Wing Richard Greaves scored a second Phoenix try just before the break when he broke a tackle from a blind-side move close to the line.

Wing Mick Sykes added another try before half-time when he wrong-footed the Moortown defence after good work by scrum-half Tim Elliott. Millar kept the scoreboard ticking over after charging over from an overlap in the third quarter. The resulting conversion took the score to 29-0.

Things started to go wrong for Phoenix with first second-rower Bev Wilkinson, and then Millar, being sin-binnedduring which time the Leeds-based club ran in three tries, two of which were converted.

Thornensians collected their sixth Division Three win, beating Hessle 20-17.

They scored three tries without reply in the first half through flanker Richard Moffatt, full-back Ricky Tipper and fly-half Ollie Cox, but with none of them being converted they only led 15-9 at the break.

They extended their lead with a fourth try after the break by second-rower Aiden Smith but had to ensure a few anxious moments in the final quarter after the visitors hit back with a fourth penalty and unconverted try.

Rossington Hornets remain bottom of Division Five after crashing to a 13th successive defeat, going down 52-3 at home to third-placed Marist.

Adwick lost 31-12 at York-based Nestle Rowntree.