Match Report: Saturday 18 November 2017

Reported by Thomas Stanley Walton
FINAL SCORE: Beverley vs Heath RUFC

Disappointing.

 

Heath travelled to Beaver Park for the second week running looking for revenge after losing out in a Yorkshire 1 league game to a last minute try last week and today trying to secure a semi-final spot in the Yorkshire Shield but they put in a very tame performance against a side who were rejuvenated and ran rings around a very disappointing Heath side. Coach Dave Harrison tinkered with the line up so he could assess some of the players who had been performing well in the seconds putting Jordan Bradbrook and Richard Brown on the bench and brought in Dave Skinner as flanker moving captain Ian Downsborough to number 8 and Chris Piper at loose head prop who returned from injury. Also on the bench was Olly Cook and the fourth spot was taken by Ishmail Ali. In the backs Eddie Cartwright started at outside centre with Si Brown on the wing. Unfortunately, Chris Moore was suffering from about of flu and so withdrew on the morning of the game so Cook started at tight head.

Heath got off to the perfect start with Seiffe Boussaada and Jason Merrie challenging for the ball and releasing the back row as the visitors pressed for the opening score. Beverley responded but on 14 minutes following a scrum Peter Birkett released Ian Dowsborough, who broke free from the pack and his looping pass found Si Brown who went in at the corner for an unconverted try and a score of 5-0. From the re-start Downsborough gathered the ball and fed Dave Skinner who set off on a 40 metre run only to  be halted by a desperate Beverley player who received a head injury and had to leave the field. The re-start saw Ezra Hinchliffe find touch with a superb kick and the resulting line out set up yet another Heath attack. Beverley managed to cling on and gradually got into the game and on 25 minutes got a breakthrough with a converted try under the posts and a lead of 7-5. Heath responded and came back strongly and when Ali replaced Piper on 30 minutes he was quickly into the thick of things with a couple of strong runs supported by the hard working Alex McFaden and Matt Beasty. It was fairly even as half time approached but a lapse of concentration saw Sam Pollard sin-binned for a high tackle and Beverley took advantage with another converted try for a score of 14-5 with half time blown by the referee.

At the start of the second half Seiffe Boussaada, following an earlier injury, was replaced by Richard Brown and with the time up on the sin bin of Sam Pollard, Jordan Bradbrook was preferred and was thrust into action as coach Harrison tried to get his side into gear and moving forwards. Dave Skinner was replaced by Piper on 50 minutes but Beverley were now finding open spaces and beginning to exploit a poor Heath defence scoring a third converted try under the posts to lead 21-5 on 53 minutes. The home side then became encamped in the Heath 22 and began exploiting the open spaces after Richard Brown was sin-binned for not binding in the scrum. The Beverley forwards were creating more and more chances and it came as no surprise when they were awarded a penalty try to increase their lead to 28-5. Beverley were completely dominating the second half and a fifth try was scored on 65 minutes to move to move the score to 33-5 following clinical work from their backs. To Heaths credit they kept working and scored a second unconverted try when Bradbrook went on a run to score in the corner but it came too late to save Heath who had succumbed to a second successive defeat.

A very disappointing result for Heath who now must re-group and get back onto the training paddock next week and prepare for two games in the league against North Ribblesdale and Wheatley Hills who both sit in the bottom three of the league and are fighting for survival before an encounter with undefeated leaders York. It does not get easy in this league!!

HEATH RUFC MATCH STATISTICS
Tries 2 Drop Goals 0
Penalty Tries 0 Penalty Goals 0
Conversions 0 Attendance
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