Level of commitment could not be faulted
Forwards: 1) Ed Vickers, 2) Nathan Baldwyn, 3) Callum Pickett, 4) Toby Laurie, 5) Jamie Reeve, 6) Will Simpson, 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) Max Rowntree
Subs: Ben Kershaw, Jack Mollet, Finlay Verry
This weeks Heath U16 match was played away at Yarnbury on their new 4G pitch.
Up against a well drilled side that had performed well in last years Yorkshire Cup, Heath knew they had a fight on their hands from the start.From the kick off a period of calm ensued with both sides working hard on defence as to not give their opponents any opportunities.The Yarnbury No.9 was pushing Heath back with kicks over the top from the base of scrums and rucks giving the Heath back three of Seb Wood-Ives, Max Rowntree and George Barton plenty of work to do.
Through the middle of the park the inside backs were combining well with the Loosies and when in possession and also having to step up in defence when the home sides forwards and No.12 came crashing through.
Eventually it was the home side who broke the deadlock to score first.A good spell for Heath followed until the 15th minute when Yarnbury crossed again to lead 12-0.First of the substitutions were made with Finlay Verry and Jack Mollet on for Jamie Reeve and Callum Pickett respectively.
Another Yarnbury try followed but from the kick off runs through the Centre from No.8 Isaac Shaw and Flanker Will Simpson set the backs up on the left with Second Five Eight Harry Stevens putting Centre Dillon Hilton in the gap to outpace the defence and score in the corner. Harry Stevens converted for Heath to trail 19-7 halfway through the first half.
At that point Yarnbury turned up the pressure and it was hard work through to half time and despite pockets of good work in defence and attack Yarnbury stretched their lead to 36 – 7 at half time.
With an offside straight from the home sides second half kick off Heath were immediately under pressure and Yarnbury scored again straight from the scrum.Another couple of trips to the try line took the home side to 53-7 with 22 minutes to run at which point Heath turned on their best spell of the match with only the resolute home side defence stopping Heath adding to their tally, which would have been deserved given the commitment that was being shown.
Still work to do to fully compete with the big boys of this age group, especially against those teams that have been together for a number of years, but the generally the level of commitment could not be faulted with a number of positives to be taken.