Doncaster Phoenix off to flier in North One East

Croatian Fran Hasija crosses the line for Doncaster Phoenix against Pocklington. Photo: FSP Images.
Croatian Fran Hasija crosses the line for Doncaster Phoenix against Pocklington. Photo: FSP Images.

Although the league season is only three weeks old, Doncaster Phoenix are already looking on course for another promotion push after maintaining their winning start in North One East, writes Frazer Snowdon.

Phoenix, last season’s Yorkshire One champions, ran in seven tries in a comprehensive 46-29 victory at Pocklington.

Both they and leaders West Hartlepool have picked up try bonuses in all three matches, although the North East side have a massive scoring difference, having conceded just six points.

Morley and Dinnington are also unbeaten. Phoenix entertain Dinnington at Castle Park this Saturday.

Pocklington proved stiff opposition in the first half, and in fact the East Yorkshire side turned round 17-13 ahead after both teams had scored two tries.

Phoenix went ahead with an early touchdown from full-back Dan Porter.

Winger Lee Wallace then raced over for another try before former Doncaster Knights star Jamie Lennard kicked a penalty goal.

Phoenix turned the game round after the break.

Another former Knights player Adam Kettle crashed over for a try just a minute into the second half.

Lennard converted that and Porter’s second try of the match, and scrum-half Joe Watts and debut hooker Fran Hasija also touched down, with Lennard converting the latter.

Pocklington staged something of a rally to bring the score back to 41-29.

But high flying Phoenix sealed their third league win with the last move of the game when left winger Josh Fowler sprinted over for the seventh try.