Rugby Union: Doncaster Phoenix defeat Selby to stay on course for promotion

Tom Bagnall scores. Picture: FSP Images.
Tom Bagnall scores. Picture: FSP Images.

Doncaster Phoenix maintained their eight-point lead at the top of Yorkshire One when they completed the double over Selby with a hard fought 31-25 win, writes Frazer Snowdon.

Selby always give Phoenix a hard game and this was no exception as the home side took an early lead with a converted try.

Then, after Phoenix had equalised with a try by flanker Ryan Peacey, converted by Dave Hankinson, the home side edged back in front with a penalty goal.

But the Castle Park side then took control with tries by winger Tom Batty and flanker Chris Planchant, again both converted by Hankinson, to give the visitors a 21-10 interval lead.

It was stalemate for much of the second half, Selby pulling back a penalty on 50 minutes.

But with ten minutes remaining Phoenix extended their lead when prop Tom Bagnall made a solo run from his own 22-metre line to crash over between the posts, Hankinson again adding the points.

Selby reduced the score to 28-18 with a try, and the visitors’ only further points came from a Hankinson penalty on 74 points.

Then, when Phoenix had a player in the sin bin, Selby broke through to score between the posts in the final minute of the game, and a successful conversion gave them a losing bonus.

Pictured: Tom Bagnall scores. FSP Images.