Woodcock’s late penalty keeps Wheatley in charge

Try: Nick Byrne scores in Phoenix's draw against West Park. PHOTO: fsp images
Try: Nick Byrne scores in Phoenix's draw against West Park. PHOTO: fsp images

WHEATLEY Hills strengthened their grip on second spot in North East One with a hard-fought 20-19 win at fourth-placed Percy Park.

With third-placed Middlesbrough going down at home to Cleckheaton, the Doncaster side are now six points clear of their nearest rivals.

Wheatley trailed to an early penalty but hit back when Johnny Woodcock joined the line to make the extra man and score in the corner.

Two more penalties saw Park edge in front 9-5 but Wheatley regained the lead on the stroke of half-time, winger Tom Barker rounding his marker 20 metres out to score another converted try try wide

They increased their lead in the opening seconds of the second half after the home side fumbled the ball from the kick-off and centre Ryan Guest gathered and raced in from around 15 metres.

Woodcock took over kicking duties from Jack Craswell to secure his side a 17-9 lead.

Park reduced the deficit with a fourth penalty and Wheatley were reduced to 14 men when skipper Tom Buckenham was sin-binned for 10 minutes.

The home side took advantage of their extra man to score a converted try to lead 19-17.

But Woodcock came to the Doncaster side’s aid, kicking a long-range angled penalty in the closing stages to secure them their tenth win in 12 starts.

Doncaster Phoenix and West Leeds battled out a 10-10 Yorkshire League Two draw at Castle Park.

Phoenix and opened the scoring with No 8 Nick Byrne credited with touching down from a pushover. Ben Millar added the extras to make it 7-0.

The visitors were next to score just before half-time when winger Johnny Stuart dropped a long pass and the West Yorkshire side took full advantage to race in from around 40 metres out for a converted try to level the scores.

The visitors edged in front at 10-7 with a penalty midway through the second half.

Phoenix’s hopes weren’t helped when having fly-half Jonno Storey sin-binned for a dangerous tackle.

Millar salvaged his side a share of the spoils with a penalty five minutes from time.

Thornensians made Division Three leaders Roundhegians work hard for their 17-6 win at Coulman Road. The Doncaster side led 6-3 at the interval courtesy of a brace of penalties by fly-half Ollie Cox. They were still in the game, though trailing 10-6, until the visitors claimed their second try five minutes from time.

Rossington Hornets stay bottom of Division Five after slumping to a 52-15 at home to Nestle Rowntree.

Doncaster Phoenix seconds lost 22-17 at Barnsley in Yorkshire South One.