Horden double for Wheatley asfter Townsley scoring spree

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Wheatley Hills RUFC consolidated their mid-table position in North One East when they completed the season’s double over tailenders Horden, running in five tries in a 31-13 win at York Road.

Wheatley got off to a storming start and took the lead after just two minutes when they took play straight up the field for scrum-half Matt Poste to touch down midway out.

Fly-half Guy Townsley missed the difficult conversion into the wind, and Horden hit back with a penalty goal by Carl Oliver, who then converted when the visitors were awarded a penalty try.

But from being 10-5 down after just 15 minutes, Wheatley fought their way back when No 8 Tom White crashed over for a try which Townsley converted.

Five minutes later they themselves were awarded a penalty try which Townsley goaled to give Wheatley a 19-10 half-time lead.

Right winger James Montgomery touched down at the corner flag for a try, but Horden then took play upfield for Oliver to land an impressive penalty from wide out and into the wind.

But Wheatley put the result beyond down when, with 13 minutes still to play, Townsley raced over for a try which he converted himself.

Doncaster Phoenix now look certain to be playing in North One East next season when they effectively sealed the Yorkshire One league title with a 50-5 victory over mid-table Yarnbury in their match at Leeds.

With second placed Malton and Norton suffering a surprise defeat at Selby, Phoenix are now 13 points clear at the top of Yorkshire One in what was already a two-horse race.