Double setback for Wheatley

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WHEATLEY Hills lost both their 100 per cent record and top spot in North East One after slumping to a 54-17 defeat at home to second-placed Beverley.

Beverley had the edge in the backs throughout and also dominated the forward exchanges after the break.

Beverley got off to a flying start and raced into a 21-0 lead.

Shell-shocked Wheatley clawed their way back into the game with an unconverted try by full-back Johnny Woodcock, who joined the line and beat several defenders to score.

Beverley, whose back division boasted a strong overseas presence, quickly regained the initiative and centre Tupia crossed for their bonus point fourth try.

Tom Buckenham, playing at flanker, cut the deficit when forcing his way from close range. Woodcock again missed the conversion leaving the score standing at 28-10.

Wheatley were awarded a penalty try, which Woodcock converted, to cut Beverley’s lead to just eleven points, just before the break.

Wheatley took the game to the East Yorkshire side at the start of the second half only to concede a soft try after which it was mainly one-way traffic.

Doncaster Phoenix held on to top spot in Yorkshire Two with a 32-17 win over Sheffield Medicals at Castle Park. The home side owed much to the boot of half-back Dan Storey for their tenth win.

The club’s former player-coach, scored all their first half points as Phoenix turned around 15-12 ahead at the break after booting over five penalties.

Phoenix did manage to get over the line in the second half, Scott Plevey touching down from a catch and drive move from a lineout and in-form full-back Craig Deakin also grabbing a try after joining the attack. Storey converted both tries and also kicked a sixth penalty.

Thornensians were the top scoring side in Yorkshire Three as they ran in ten tries to two in a 60-15 romp against bottom-placed Hessle at Thorne.

Hessle kept Thorne on their toes when they opened the scoring with a penalty goal in the sixth minute, but the floodgates soon opened and the home side produced six tries in the space of 26 minutes to turn round 36-8 ahead.

Winger Danny Gilbert raced in for the first try of the match after 13 minutes and four minutes later Brett Hunt sprinted in on the other wing for the first of his hat-trick, Centre Oli Cox, full-back Gary Sutton and second row Aiden Smith, Lee Linsdell and Scott Berry also touched down Rossington Hornets suffered a 29-7 Division defeat at Wensleydale.