Thornensians show Vandals who’s boss!

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Thornensians returned to winning ways in Yorkshire Two with a 24-13 victory over Halifax Vandals.

The Doncaster side started well and had the chance to go ahead from a penalty, which they decided to run, prior to the visitors opening the scoring with a 20th minute penalty.

Clever tactical kicking by the Halifax fly-half served to keep Thorne penned in their half for long periods.

Thorne suffered a blow when key line-out man Rob Raper came off with a facial injury.

Coach John Pearce moved mobile hooker Scott Berry to second row and introduced versatile James Fenwick to fill Berry’s position.

No 8 Ryan Pilley played a crucial role in denying Vandals what could have been the game’s first try from a 5m lineout.

Vandals remained on the attack and opened up a 10-0 lead with a converted try.

Vandal’s fly-half continued to kick for territory and did so successfully until one clearance landed in the hands of Thorne’s Rob Brown.

Showing good speed and footwork the wing exploited a gap to create space before sending the supporting Stuart Hughes over in the corner.

Vandals converted an early second-half penalty to extend their lead to 13-5 but after that Thornensians gradually gained control.

Full-back Tom Ambler and right wing Ross Haley both made good breaks before the ball was moved from left to right and then infield again for centre Luke Marsden to touch down.

Back-rower Aaron Holt touched down for a converted try five minutes later to make it 17-13 after man-of-the-match Berry and centre Ollie Cox had both featured in the 40m move.

The home side came close to increasing their lead when Haley, following up his own kick, was tackled in mid-air with the ball in hand just short of the line.

Thorne defended well when down to 14 men for ten minutes before a lineout steal gave OJ Rothwell the chance to throw out a perfectly weighted flat pass to Wills Allen who in turn gave the supporting Cox the chance to outpace the cover and score the bonus point try. Allen added the extras.

Thornensians are without a game this weekend due to the fact their scheduled opponents in the Yorkshire Silver Trophy, Old Crossleyans, have decided to forfeit the game to concentrate on the league.

Thornensians’ next game in the Silver Trophy will be against the winners of the Wetherby-Old Leodiensians tie at Coulman Road.

Wheatley Hills lost 35-28 at home to Yorkshire One rivals Hullensians.

Doncaster Phoenix received a walkover in their Yorkshire Cup tie against scheduled opponents Sheffield Tigers.