Rugby Union: Ellis and Peacey star in Phoenix win

Andy Ellis surges clear to score one of his two tries for Phoenix. Picture: FSP Images
Andy Ellis surges clear to score one of his two tries for Phoenix. Picture: FSP Images
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Doncaster Phoenix remain in the hunt for back-to-back promotions after a bonus point win at home to North Ribblesdale.

Phoenix are third in Yorkshire One, seven points adrift of leaders Dinnington, following their 31-6 victory.

Conditions were perfect for a game of open, running rugby and that is exactly what the spectators got as Phoenix put in a fine display.

The hosts went behind to a penalty after just five minutes but a Ryan Peacey pushover try kick-started his team and from then on there was no looking back for the Castle Park club.

Ben Millar, playing at stand-off, converted the try and made it 10-6 on 35 minutes with a penalty.

Captain Andy Ellis scored tries either side of the break to extend Phoenix’s lead and Peacey added his second try at the death, again from a pushover.

It completed a comprehensive victory in which the Phoenix forwards looked particularly impressive.

Wath on Dearne slipped from fourth to fifth place when they were beaten 38-17 at home to Dinnington.

Four of Dinnington’s five tries came from the pack and goal kicker Johnny West converted every one.

Full back Adam West touched down for Wath’s only try, while Anthony Barratt kicked four penalties.