Rugby Union: Wheatley leave it late | Thorne coast to victory

Tom Buckenham was among the tries for Wheatley Hills.
Tom Buckenham was among the tries for Wheatley Hills.

Wheatley Hills snatched a dramatic 17-15 win over Driffield in what was a very closely-fought North One East battle.

Tom Buckenham put Wheatley into the lead after seven minutes after some great close forward play allowed the flanker to touch down after an effective ruck.

Michael Hayward was on hand to add the conversion.

Ten minutes later Driffield’s fly half Mike Black touched the ball down and Sam Fairbank added the extras to level the scores.

It was Driffield who led at the break after Alistair McClaren crashed over in the corner right on the stroke of half time to make it 12-7.

As the second half got under way, Driffield were dealt a blow with the sin-binning of one of their men.

And Wheatley took full advantage from a five-metre line out as Tom White scored a great catch and drive try.

Deep into injury time, Driffield looked to have edged the win as Fairbank’s penalty rattled the frame before falling over the bar to put them in the lead.

But Wheatley’s never say die attitude gave them one final chance with the ball being fanned out to James Montgomery and the full back made no mistake, going over in the corner to steal the game.

The victory edged seventh-placed Wheatley seven points clear of Driffield who are one place beneath them in the North One East table.

Thornensians lead kicker Conrad Hanson showed his quality yet again as he kicked 18 points in a comfortable 40-3 win over Bramley Phoenix.

Thornensians could have had more but for a few missed opportunities early on and, despite Bramley trying to make it a tough contest, there was no stopping the home side once they got going.

Jared Risley-Jones scored the only try of the first half to put Thornensians into an 11-3 lead but the floodgates opened after the break with Oli Cox and Aaron Holt scoring a brace each.

It was a disciplined display of running rugby by Thornensians with the players working hard for each other.

They will have to recreate this form when they face third-placed Old Modernians on Saturday.

Thorne are fifth in the table, but 11 points adrift of fourth placed Castleford.