Doncaster Phoenix go 23 points clear at top of North One East
Doncaster Phoenix delivered what could prove to be the killer blow to their North One East rivals when they ran in five tries on their way to a 32-8 victory over third placed West Hartlepool at Castle Park.
More crucially, second placed Morley – who have two games in hand over Phoenix but are now 23 points adrift – suffered their first ever defeat at Pocklington where a late try gave the home side a 17-10 win.
Fly-half Jason Lennard scored early for Phoenix who were 22-8 up by half time thanks to further tries from winger Ed Miles and centre Dave Hankinson and a penalty from Lennard.
The visitors enjoyed plenty of possession against the league leaders but struggled to create much against an excellent Phoenix defence.
Full-back Dan Porter and prop Tom Bagnall completed the job for Doncaster with two late tries to seal a fine win.
Phoenix are hoping to seal back-to-back promotions after winning Yorkshire One last season.
Their next game is a local derby at Wheatley Hills on Saturday, March 5.
Wheatley dropped another place in the table – and they now have only two sides beneath them – after they went down 26-10 in their North One East match at Driffield.
The visitors were well in the game at half time, prop Jack Clayton and winger Dave Laycock scoring unconverted tries to leave a 14-10 deficit at the break.
But a decision early in the second half to go for a try rather than kick for goal from a penalty proved a turning point, with the hosts breaking away to score and condemn Hills to defeat on a difficult and windy afternoon.
Wheatley, in 12th, have a nine-point cushion between themselves and bottom club Beverley.