Doncaster Phoenix: Sam Bottomley scores hat trick in thrilling win at Sandbach
Doncaster Phoenix picked up maximum points on the road fromÂ an enthralling 43-39 win at Sandbach.
The game in Cheshire was tight until the last minute but a late try from winger Sam Nunn tipped the balance in the visitors' favour.
CaptainÂ Sam Bottomley scored a hat trick of tries, whileÂ Sam Pocklington,Â Jay Robinson and Will Burden were also also on the scoresheet as Phoenix secured back-to-back wins and moved up to seventhÂ in the Midlands Premier Division.
Despite conceding a first minute interception try, Phoenix rallied and responded with three rapid tries playing some expansive running rugby on a perfect weather day and a good playing surface.
Sandbach stayed in the game and manged to stay in contentionÂ with two tries and a couple of penalties before half time.
After the break and with the slope behind them Sandbach attacked at will and with Phoenix reduced to 14 men due to a yellow card infringement the hosts ran in two tries and converted a penalty to move into a 36-22 lead.
Numbers were equalled up when Sandbach had a player dismissed for a red card offence and Phoenix were quickly back in the game with two tries from centre Bottomley, both converted by Seth Adams.
Despite another penalty for the hosts,Â Nunn ran in an excellent solo effort which was again converted by Adams.
Sandbach attacked right up to the last whistle but the Phoenix defence stood up and held on for the victory.
Wheatley Hills lost out 27-29 at home to Goole in Yorkshire Division Two.
Thornensians suffered their first defeat of the season in Yorkshire Division Three as they went down 19-10 at Skipton.