1st XV - Report
Win not enough to keep Hills in second
Wheatley Hills dropped a place to third in North East One despite completing a double over Morpeth with a 17-6 home win.
But, playing down the slope with a the blustery wind at their back, Morpeth shaded a tight first half and led 6-3 at the break thanks to penalties on 15 and 30 minutes.
Wheatley controlled the game in the second half and drew level with a second penalty by Townsley, playing at centre, on 49 minutes.
He landed a third penalty on the hour to edge his side into a 9-3 lead.
Fellow centre Mickey Hayward scored the only try of the game two minutes later.
Hayward showed good foot-work to beat two defenders around 30 metres out and then rounded the full-back to score. Townsley failed to add the conversion but hit the target with a fourth penalty to complete the scoring in what was a ragged performance by Wheatley in their first game in three weeks.
Wheatley Hills second string suffered an 18-14 defeat against Wath seconds in their Yorkshire 2nd XV League (South) One clash.
Centre Jay Wilson and wing Niall Crowcroft shared out the two Wheatley tries, both of which were converted by Crowcroft.
The club’s third/vets team beat Sheffield Medics seconds 21-14 at home in a club match. Andy Wilson winged in for a brace with scrum-half Daz Martin also touching down.
Mark Sanderson converted all three tries.