Heath travelled over to take on recently promoted West Leeds in their first pre-season game of the season and with a mixture of first and second team players put in a good performance losing by one point in a game dictated to by the wind.
Captain Ian Downsborough won the toss and elected to change ends favouring the cross field wind advantage in the first half and this paid dividends as tries from Chris Moore and a penalty try, coupled with two excellent conversions from Jack Crabtree, saw Heath take a 14-0 lead at half time in a half that Heath had dictated with the home side struggling to contend with the Heath forwards.
The second half saw Heath down to fourteen players when Michael Reynolds was sent off on 43 minutes for a needless late tackle. West Leeds come into the game and their back-line dictated as Heath struggled to keep a clean sheet. They quickly used the wind to their advantage as they found their rhythm scoring four tries with some astute cross field kicking which caught Heath off guard. With only one conversion the home side led 22-14 with five minutes of the game left. Heath kept going and when Jack Crabtree, who had an outstanding game, passed to Jordan Bradbrook he went over under the posts for a converted try and despite the efforts of the visitors to score again the game finished 22-21.
Heaths next game is at home to Pontefract on Thursday August 24th before they open their league account with a game away to Middlesborough on September 2nd.