2nds triumph in hard fought local derby
In what proved to be a close encounter Wheatley Hills 2nd XV scored a last minute try to register their first win of the season.
From the start Doncaster’s young forwards, many of them from last year’s colts side took the game to Wheatley, with some tenacious rucking and strong scrummaging they managed to keep the pressure on Wheatley for much of the first half. Despite quick ball Doncaster’s backs were well contained by the Wheatley backline, with fly half Tim Rowse and centres Pete Boyes and Chris Blessed soaking up most of the pressure.
Without much success with the ball in hand, Doncaster kicked deep, but Wheatley’s excellent full back Marty Hall showed good pace and elusive running to return the ball and make good ground. Following some sustained pressure and good work from the Doncaster forwards Wheatley were penalised for hands in the ruck and the resulting kick at goal gave Doncaster a 3-0 lead at half time.
In the second half Wheatley raised their game and put the pressure on Doncaster, with Wheatley’s young No 8 Sam Kerry managing to turn over a lot of Doncaster possession and Tim Rowse producing some excellent kicks to push Doncaster back into their own 22, Wheatley grew in confidence.
After some good forward interplay Wheatley managed to get over the line but were held up and it looked like Doncaster would hold out for the win, but in the final minute of the game Wheatley’s pack pulled in the Doncaster defence and Tim Rowse put the ball wide through the backs to allow full back Marty Hall to round 2 players to score.
Scrum half Niall Crowcroft missed the conversion.
This was a much better performance from Wheatley’s 2nds who showed great team spirit to stay in this game, man of the match was awarded to Sam Kerry for his excellent work especially in the 2nd half, but equally Marty Hall and Tim Rowse were close contenders.