Rugby union round-up: Phoenix edge to first Yorkshire One win

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Doncaster Phoenix celebrated their first victory in Yorkshire One against fellow newly-promoted Selby on Saturday.

In a game switched to the Keepmoat Stadium’s athletics arena, Phoenix scraped a 13-12 verdict.

A scrappy, error ridden first half saw Phoenix edge in front with two penalties by stand-off Dan Storey.

Selby reduced the arrears 15 minutes into the second half with a Sam Weller try.

But Phoenix took full advantage of an error by the Selby backs as centre Ben Millar raced through for a try which Storey converted.

Selby missed the chance of a losing bonus point – and a possible win - when they turned down a penalty kick to run the ball, only for it to come to nothing.

But the visitors got back to within one point when their back row forward Rihi Brown ran the length of the field to score and Josh Cruise kicked the conversion.

Wath on Dearne maintained their one hundred percent start with a 45-6 home victory over Ilkley.

Tries from Martin Bray and Simon Butterworth saw Wath steam ahead, as Andy Appleyard converted both and added a drop goal to give the home side a 17-3 interval lead.

Steve Mason, Bray, Tom Swann and Simon Lines went over for second half scores.

After the previous week’s disappointing narrow defeat, Wheatley Hills kick-started their North One East campaign with a morale-boosting 36-8 victory over Middlesbrough at York Road.

Gaz Burns scored a first half hat trick and Ryan Craswell touched down to help Hills establish a 29-3 lead at half time.

Middlesbrough improved in the second half and pulled back a try through David Hinchley.

But the Doncaster side were still comfortable and made sure of the win when Burns scored his fourth try in the final minute from another catch and drive.

Woodcock converted to take his points tally to 11.

Thornensians ran out 29-15 winners over a well organised Harrogate Pythons outfit in Yorkshire Three.

Centre Ollie Cox kicked an early penalty and then converted a try shortly after from Thorne captain and winger Brett Hunt.

Pythons pulled back a converted try later in the half to level at 10-10 at the break, and then went ahead with an unconverted try early in the second half.

But centre Greg Linsdell quickly touched down to level before Ryan Phillips crashed over for the hosts’ third try.

Cox added the conversion to put Thorne 22-15 ahead, and he was also on target following wing forward Dan Pearce’s 63rd minute try.

Rossington Hornets made a winning start in Yorkshire Five, beating visitors Thirsk 26-0.

John Richardson (2), Andy Edwards and Marcus Anderson were on the try-sheet.