Wath RUFC surrendered top spot in the Yorkshire One table last weekend, after slipping to defeat against rivals Doncaster Phoenix.
Phoenix, who gained maximum points from the 32-16 victory, moved top of the table - one point ahead of second-placed Ilkley - while Wath fell to third.
Some reshuffling in the back line and back row didn’t aid Wath’s cause, but the Moor Road men could have no complaints about the result of a contest in which they were second best for large parts.
The early stages of the match were fairly even, with both sides landing a penalty each as Tom Quinn got Wath’s first points on the board.
And, with twenty minutes played, Wath scored the game’s first try through Steve Mason, despite Phoenix dominating the early stages.
But a penalty and two well-taken tries from the home side saw them lead 20-8 at the break. Wath hit back in the second period, and cut the defecit to seven points when some quick thinking from scrum half Ian Barker led to a second try.
The gap was narrowed to four points on the hour mark with another Quinn penalty, but the final stages were pretty much all Phoenix.
Their impressive full back was proving difficult to bring down and from one such run, they had their third try.
And the four-try bonus point was secured with time running out.
Wath found themselves pinned back in their own half and miscommunication at the scrum let in Phoenix, to make the score 32-16.
“It was a disappointing result,” a Phoenix spokesperson said, “but the lads will ensure to put it behind them and focus on an equally challenging task away at Scarborough this weekend.”