Rugby Union: Doncaster Phoenix maintain perfect record

Ryan Peacey scored a hat trick in Phoenix's win over Pontefract. Picture: FSP Images.
Ryan Peacey scored a hat trick in Phoenix's win over Pontefract. Picture: FSP Images.

Ryan Peacey scored a hat trick to lead Yorkshire One pacesetters Doncaster Phoenix to a 30-9 win over Pontefract - and maintain the Castle Park club’s perfect league record.

The game saw a 25-minute stoppage due to a serious ankle injury suffered by Phoenix’s Tom Baker.

The two sides were level at 6-6 after an early exchange of penalties when Baker went down on 20 minutes.

When the game restarted, it was Phoenix who took the upper hand with number eight Peacey running in his first try before the break.

In the second half Pontefract had no answer to Doncaster’s attacks as Peacey completed his hat trick and Josh Fowler ran 30 yards to score a fine solo effort.

Phoenix have won five out of five in the league and are six points clear of second-placed York.

Wath on Dearne slipped to sixth when they were thrashed 55-10 at Yarnbury.

Wheatley Hills suffered late heartache as they lost 22-16 at Percy Park in North One East.

Sam Kelly’s second half try and the kicking of Owen Gillvray had kept Hills in contention but disaster struck in the dying moments.

It was Wheatley that were on the front foot when the ball was turned over and Park scored a drop goal with the last kick of the game to take the win.

Thornensians went third in Yorkshire Three after they ran in seven tries on their way to a 35-0 home victory over the Otley side.

Only two league points separate the top four teams.

Thorne also have the best scoring record in the league, with 166 points for and 42 against from five matches, although it could have been even better but for a dearth of goal kickers.

Not one of their seven tries was converted - despite Stuart Hughes, Will Turnbull and Anthony Bull all having attempts at goal.

Hughes, playing in the centre, redeemed himself by scoring a try in either half.

Second row Andy Evans, No 8 Ryan Pilley and centre Turnbull also scored in the first half to put Thorne 20-0 ahead at the turnround.

Hooker James Fenwick and captain and winger Brett Hunt added seond half scores.