Heron, Pilcher, Johnson, Hampshire, Downsborough, Haigh, Ward, Hare, Walsh, Scrimshaw (c), Cadogan, Morrison, Bruce, Harriott-Brown, Thomson.
Subs: Whitworth, Owen, Sharp, Granger, & Moore.
Tries: Pilcher (2), Hare (2), Harriott-Brown, & Moore.
Cons: Scrimshaw (2).
*Player of the match - Rondene Johnson*
The newly branded Heath Hawks started their season in impressive fashion. Playing some excellent rugby against an enthusiastic Halifax team.
A frantic start to the game saw both teams play at a fast pace. Heath's Pete Hampshire made a galloping break to set up a good attacking position. After a number of penalties around the tackle height, the returning Stephen Hare caught well at a lineout and orchestrated the drive which resulted in Jack Pilcher emerging from a pile of bodies to claim the first try. Halifax hit straight back with a try of their own, good hands releasing an unmarked player. This was the visitors best spell and when they scored again from a cross field kick, the Hawks needed to regroup and respond.
After controlled attack, lead by the destructive pair, Rondene Johnson and Carter Haigh, Hare received the ball in space and weaved over for a great score. This was quickly followed up by Callum Harriett-Brown who finished well after good build up play by captain Olly Scrimshaw and Joe Morrison. On the stroke of half time Pilcher doubled his tally with a carbon copy of his first. Half time 20-12.
The Hawks controlled the 2nd half, withstanding a number of attacks, lead well in defence by Brook Ward, Sam Sharp and Ian Downsborough. Tom Owen marked his return from injury with some destructive running, Jack Bruce and Harry Granger making half breaks with no end product.
Heath left it till late to add anymore tries, Hare getting his second from a dominant five metre scrum, Scrimshaw converted. Chris Moore capped his cameo appearance with a powerful finish from close range. Full time 34-12.
This was a good start to the season against a Halifax First team that competed right till the end. We will continue to build as we look forward to our first Premiership fixture at home to Ilkley. UTH 👊 🦅