Match Report
Kirkby Lonsdale (12) vs Heath RUFC (22)
Saturday 23 April 2022
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MATCH STATISTICS
Tries
4
Drop Goals
0
Penalty Tries
0
Penalty Goals
0
Conversions
1
Attendance
150

Great way to round off the season.

Reporter: Richard Cole
Dated: 24 April 2022

Selection:

Kerr, Puttick, Haigh, James, Downsborough, Dawes, Sharp, Shipman, Cole, Gianotti, Wilby, Brown, Bruce, Wilkinson, Hinchliffe.
Sub: Wadsworth.

Scorers:

Tries: Bruce (2), Shipman, & Sharp
Con: Gianotti

Report:

Heath wrapped up their season with an away trip to the scenic setting of Kirkby Lonsdale.  A big crowd had gathered to watch the other game, with our five supporters joined by Mick Hanks and Jim McCready.

Heath started well against the elements, unlucky not to open the scoring with handling errors letting the home team off the hook. Carter Haigh carried hard and got Heath on the front foot, with Matthew Wilkinson all over the pitch from the wing. The young home team were enthusiastic throughout with little direction but this made them difficult to breakdown. Heath’s catch and drive lead by Mark Puttick and Joe Shipman was working well. The visitors opened their account when they attacked the blindside, Richard Cole released the impressive Si Brown who in turn sent Jack Bruce scampering down the touchline for a great score. Heath were on top and from a similar position Shipman exchanged passes before dummying stand in winger Oliver Wilby and crossing wide out. Heath conceded a try on half time with the powerful hooker bursting through a couple of tackles before rounding Tobias Hinchliffe.

Half time 5-10.

Heath knew with more control and pressure they could pull away. In an uneventful start to the second half and after some poor discipline Kirkby camped on the visitors try line, despite some monstrous defence by Sam Sharp, Max Dawes, Puttick and Haigh, they crashed over for a converted try. Determined to finish the season well, Heath went in search of more points. Cole used the considerable breeze to kick deep and when Kirkby conceded a penalty ten metres out Haigh, then Ian Downsborough were denied before Sharp hit a great line to crash over, Ben Gianotti converted.

The visitors were now in the ascendancy and Brown broke clear from a scrum move before sending Bruce under the posts for a great score. Emlyn ‘The Enforcer’ James marked his final appearance with an industrious eighty minutes, safe as ever under the high ball and even getting a kick in to relieve pressure much to the delight of the crowd.

Full time 12-22.

A great way to end the season and, with the news filtering in from Pocklington, a great bus trip was had by all. Again, it has been an absolute pleasure to be involved with this squad and I’d like to thank everyone that has pulled on the shirt. Excited for next season already and I’d like to thank Emlyn ‘The Enforcer’ for his commitment over the years, a true Heath legend. UTH 👊



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