Debut to forget for Ben as leaders thump Hills

Purposeful run: Billy Farly charges forward for Doncaster Phoenix.        Picture: F.S.P Images
Purposeful run: Billy Farly charges forward for Doncaster Phoenix. Picture: F.S.P Images

WHEATLEY Hills, who handed former Doncaster Phoenix centre Ben Millar a debut, crashed to their biggest North East League One defeat of the season at Billingham.

The league leaders ran in three unanswered tries as they romped to a 31-0 victory over third-placed Wheatley.

Seeking to avenge an earlier home defeat, Wheatley felt that they were still in the game at half-time, even though they hadn’t looked like scoring, when restricting their opponents to four converted penalties despite playing into the blustery wind.

Wheatley, for whom scrum-half Ian Barker and young second-rower Stuart Tijanic played well, dominated the third quarter without being able to turn pressure into points and two Billingham tries in as many minutes effectively put paid to any comeback hopes they may have entertained.

The first came just before the hour mark when the Billingham wing broke a tackle on the halfway line and he ran 50 metres to score.

From the restart they scored again, this time the try being converted, to make it 24-0.

The home side added a third converted try in injury-time to complete the scoring.

Doncaster Phoenix slumped to another comprehensive 31-3 defeat away at Leos in Yorkshire League Two .

The former league leaders, who have also struggled for form in recent games, led 19-0 at the break. The weakened Castle Park side had their spells of pressure in the half - particularly early on, but couldn’t get the better of Leos’ well-drilled defence.

Leos scored three tries in the first half, twice exploiting Phoenix’s right side, and they scored two more in the opening minutes of the second.

To their credit, the visitors never led their heads drop and they shaded possession for the rest of the half but again couldn’t turn pressure into points - even when Leos had a man sin-binned - and their only joy was a late penalty by Richard Greaves.

Thornensians suffered a narrow 11-10 defeat against visiting Aireborough at Coulman Road despite scoring two tries to one.

Adwick-le-Street remain second bottom in Division Five following their 39-5 defeat at home to Sheffield Oaks.

Wheatley thirds beat the recently-formed Sheffield History Society 53-19 in their Yorkshire Two (South) Merit clash.