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North Ribblesdale RUFC 2nd XV (12) vs Heath RUFC (31)
Saturday 4 November 2023
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Reporter: Richard Cole
Dated: 4 November 2023


Burbidge, Whitworth, Heron, Barham, Downsborough, Dawes, Sharp, Clough, Rowntree, Scrimshaw (c), Firth, Bloem, Fletcher, Bruce, Brook.
Subs: Granger, Cadogan & Sunter.



Tries: Fletcher (3), Firth, & Brook.
Cons: Scrimshaw (2) & Brook.


⭐️STAR PLAYER: Sam Fletcher⭐️



The Hawks flew north to take on North Ribblesdale on one of the most picturesque grounds around.

Heath started brightly, with the impressive backline causing problems with their pace and power. Player of the match, Sam Fletcher went close after heading inside with Jake Firth free on his outside. Undeterred, a couple of phases later Fletcher gathered, beat a couple of would-be tacklers and slid over for a great try. Jordan Bloem and Tom Clough made powerful surges forward, putting the visitors on the front foot. Fletcher played off the back of this, linking with Olly Scrimshaw to complete a quick fire hatrick, Scrimshaw converting the second. Wingers, Jack Bruce and Firth showed terrific pace when released by passes from fullback Adam Brook, only denied by last ditch tackles.

North Ribblesdale’s large pack and plentiful replacements allowed them to get on top and enjoy their best spell leading up to half time. After a number of penalties and pressure on the Hawks' line, Ribb crashed over. Heath hung on till half time with great defence lead by Matt Barham, Max Dawes and Sam Sharp. Half time 5-17.

The home team started strongly and reduced the arrears with a converted try. Clough led the charge with a number of powerful breaks and Max Rowntree took it to them with a number of quick taps and snipes. After a couple of close calls, Firth hit a great line in centre field to crash over under the posts, Scrimshaw converted. Replacements, Eddie Sunter, Harry Granger and Phil Cadogan made immediate impact, adding pace and enthusiasm on a heavy pitch. Granger went on a mazy run, linking well with Brook before the move broke down in midfield. Straight from a scrum, Brook dummied and jinked through untouched for a try which he converted.

Eighty-minute efforts by the pack were impressive, George Heron, James Whitworth, Oliver Burbidge, and Ian Downsbough immense throughout. Full time 12-31.

With more forward power due back in the next few weeks, the Hawks will look to kick on in the league starting at Wharfedale next week.




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