Rugby Union: Wheatley Hills up to fifth in North One East

Owen Gillvray
Owen Gillvray

Wheatley Hills got their North One East campaign back on track with a narrow 23-22 victory over second-placed Percy Park at York Road.

It was Wheatley’s first league win since November and made amends for their disappointing recent results against lower placed sides Pocklington and Driffield.

Percy Park, from North Shields, took the early initiative when centre Ali Blair intercepted in his own half and ran through to score in the corner.

Wheatley immediately took play back up field and, from some good positional play, No 8 Tom White scored to equalise.

Just two minutes later, Percy Park threw a long ball and Wheatley’s right winger James Montgomery intercepted and scored under the posts, giving fly-half Owen Gillvray an easy task with the conversion.

But the visitors levelled the score at 12-12 before half time when prop Joe Wafer touched down and winger Toby Davison converted.

Gillvray eased Wheatley back in front with a penalty goal five minutes into the second half, but Park took the lead again when second row Josh Hedley touched down.

Straight from the kick-off Wheatley were awarded a penalty which Gillvray kicked, and after two strong drives by the home side the ball went out to Montgomery on the wing who raced over in the corner for his second try to put the home side 23-17 ahead.

In the final ten minutes the visitors made their pressure count when full back Mick Groves touched down in the corner.

Davison took the conversion from the touchline, and much to Wheatley’s relief his kick came back off the post.

After a nail-biting finale Wheatley held on for the win to move fifth in the table.

Thornensians’ Yorkshire Three promotion push faltered as they slipped to a narrow 10-0 defeat at Old Otliensians.

Dominic Oddy scored the only try of the game and Otliensians then proceeded to shut Thorne out as they held on for a narrow margin of victory.