Match Report: Sunday 25 November 2018

Reported by Stuart Verry
FINAL SCORE: Heath RUFC 15 vs Keighley RUFC 23

Another good battle with Keighley

Keighley              23

Heath                    15           Tries: Isaac Shaw (2), Ed Vickers.

Forwards: 1) Jack Mollet, 2) Nathan Baldwyn, 3) Callum Pickett, 4) Toby Laurie, 5) Jamie Reeve, 6) Saul Marson, 7) Sam McIntyre - Capt, 8) Isaac Shaw


Backs: 9) Owen Simpson, 10) Ben Gianotti, 11) Seb Wood-Ives, 12) Harry Stevens 13) Dillon Hilton 14) George Barton 15) Jack Lumb


Subs: Ben Kershaw, Ed Vickers, Finlay Verry


Another good battle with Keighley, this time on the Heath No.2 pitch in front of the clubhouse.


Heath kicked off heading away from the No.1 pitch and a period of changes in possession and territory followed with possession often changing hands due to the awarding of penalties that developed into a theme throughout the full 70 minutes.Heath got the early break after kicking a penalty to touch 15m out from the visitors line following which No.8 Isaac Shaw bundled over near the left hand corner to take the lead after 7 minutes.


From the kick off Keighley worked their way into the Heath half and showed that they were taking this match seriously by taking any points opportunity that presented and pegging back the deficit with two penalties to be leading 6-5 within the next 9 minutes.


Keighley were next to cross the line and the successful conversion saw Finlay Verry and Ed Vickers replace Jamie Reeve and Jack Mollet in the pack with the score at 13-5 to the visitors.


At the 33 minute mark Ben Kershaw replaced Isaac Shaw and with the penalties flowing in both directions a Yellow card to one of the Heath front row led to another three pointer for the visitors to lead 16-5 at the break.


The second half carried on with the same intensity and after a good period on the Keighley line a Yellow card was issued to a Keighley defender for persistent offending, just as Heath were restored to the full fifteen.


Again possession and territory ebbed and flowed with periods of excellent committed defence from the home side frustrating the Keighley backs but it was a refreshed Isaac Shaw who had made the next move with some excellent work across the park, including outstanding efforts from Wing George Barton and Centre Dillon Hilton.Again camped in the Keighley 22 for a period Heath were on the attack and Isaac Shaw picked his moment to score his second of the day, 19 minutes into the second half to close the deficit to 6 points.


Back came Keighley to score next with their No.10 having his kicking boots on and stretch the lead to 13 points, 23-10 six minutes later.

Not to be outdone, in response Prop Ed Vickers scored next with an excellent individual try taking the final score to 23-15.


A good match between two sides of a similar level played in good underfoot conditions although a little stop/start due to a high penalty count against both sides.Out scoring Keighley in respect of tries was a good effort and on another day Heath could have snuck the win.


Men of the Match:George Barton and Ed Vickers

Tries 3 Drop Goals 0
Penalty Tries 0 Penalty Goals 0
Conversions 0 Attendance 50
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