Rugby Union: Wheatley Hills eye promotion push after Boro’ win

Wheatley captain Tom Buckenham catches the ball in front of team mate Rob Worrincy.
Wheatley captain Tom Buckenham catches the ball in front of team mate Rob Worrincy.

A late Tom White try proved decisive for Wheatley Hills who battled to a 15-12 victory at Middlesbrough in their latest North One East clash.

Sixth-placed Wheatley closed the gap to rivals Old Crossleyans thanks to the win, and will head into the New Year intent on challenging for promotion.

Wheatley played with the wind on their backs in the first half, but the swirling gusts proved little help. Nevertheless they led at half time.

Full back Johnny Woodcock kicked a 40-yard penalty on ten minutes to put them in front.

Left winger Connor Foley capitalised on loose play from Hills to score the game’s first try on 15 minutes which put Middlesbrough ahead.

However, five minutes later the Doncaster side were back in front.

From a good 50-yard break by White, the ball was passed out to scrum half Matt Poste, whose try on 20 minutes was converted by Woodcock to make sure Wheatley led 10-5 at half time.

Middlesbrough went back in front on 45 minutes with second row Phillip Harland scoring under the posts and Matt Todd converting to put his side 12-10 ahead.

But White’s 70th minute try from a five-yard scrum proved decisive for Wheatley.

Thornensians reached the halfway point in the league season with a brilliant 52-7 home win over Hemsworth in Yorkshire Three.

Thorne, with the wind in the first half, turned round 31-0 ahead and extended their lead to 45-0 before letting Hemsworth in for a consolation try.

By the end of the game, Thorne had crossed their rivals’ try line eight times.

They had gone ahead with tries by full back Jarad Risley-Jones and flanker Martin Moffatt, both converted by fly half Konrad Hanson.

Second row Greg Linsdell and winger Danny Gilbert then touched down and, when Linsdell’s brother Lee at hooker added another try, Hanson was back on target with the conversion.

Ryan Pilley and winger Brett Hunt scored the opening tries of the second half, Hanson converting both.

Hemsworth bagged a late consolation try, but in the final minute Martin Moffatt raced through for his second and Hanson added the extras.