Match Report: Saturday 27 January 2018

Reported by Steve Dawes
FINAL SCORE: Heath RUFC 12 vs Selby RUFC 22

Call ups, injuries and no shows cost Heath dear


1. Kerr   6.  McFadzean       11 Wilson  

2. Owen     7. Dawes    12 Webb

3. Morley 8.  Wheelwright  13 Mellor

4. James     9. Cole 14 Beever

5. Milner    10 Reynolds   15 Saltonstall


Subs: None                 .  


After the previous weeks heroic effort, Heath took to the field against Selby, with the bare bones of a side. Call ups to the 1st, injuries from the Keighley game plus no shows, meant that there would be no rotations possible to ease tired limbs. Selby themselves had improved over previous weeks and the new additions into their Senior team have obviously had positive effects on the 2nds. It was also good to see Mellor return to action after his nasty ankle injury sustained in the pre-season friendly against Halifax.


Selby kicked off on a very heavy pitch, and the power of their forwards, a factor that became a greater factor throughout the game was evident, turning the ball over and applying early pressure, along their back line, seeing space they ran through the middle of the whole pack and scored under the posts, making the extras easy 0-7.


They came back again from the restart, tackling was again poor, and they made quick yards, but the heath forwards managed to stop progress, however as the ball made its way out wide, James was left on the pitch, heavily bleeding from a nasty cut to the head. He left the pitch for several minutes, but bravely demanded just to be strapped up and take his place again on the pitch. His reappearance had a great effect on the team, piling on pressure themselves via the forwards, Cole secured good ball and through an excellent move, finding James himself who then released the overlapping Saltonstall, who rounded the defence, for Cole to add the conversion to level the score 7-7.


Heath attacked from the restart with Reynolds, fresh from his great performance with the firsts the previous week, executing a great kick to around 10m out. Heath turned the lineout over and Webb broke through but was held just short of a try, Cole spotting space wide, chipped over but Saltonstall was unable to collect the ball in flight and the Selby cleared from the scrum.

Selby pressed the Heath defence further but found Reynolds again who cleared well for a kick, McFadzean, Wheelwright and James worked well to secure ball, and Kerr and Morley made some further yards, with drives, Cole then tried to find Saltonstall again, but the ball just ran into touch. Again, Heath robbed the ball via James who setup Wheelwright for a run, supported by McFadzean, as the ball went to ground Selby forced a penalty and cleared again. Milner then appeared from a maul with a nasty cut around the eye area, one of two similar ones, Morley also supporting scratches and a full black eye in the same area later in the match. Unfortunately, Milner’s was too close to the eye to be bandaged and he left the field for the rest of the game, leaving the team at 14. Wilson moved from the backs into Flanker, to cover a reorganisation and Dawes went back to his favourite right-wing role, he had occupied now for 2 weeks running. Selby quickly made the most of their superiority in numbers and worked an overlap out on the left wing and crossed for a further score. They again took the extras, 7-14


Halftime was blown shortly after, and Cole rallied the weary troops


HT 7-14


Heath regrouped from the restart and showed great pressure and work through the pack again, winning several penalties a quick tap was moved to the right and Selby were deemed to have tackled high and a yellow card was produced, given parity for 10 minutes to the numbers. Heath tried to run the ball in but when the ball was again lost in contact Selby punted clear. The backs were then penalised for an adjudged forward pass when space beckoned Selby found space from the scrum and Saltonstall and then Dawes made try saving tackles to stop the move, the latter then managing to steal the ball before the ruck formed, Webb broke the line seeing Mellor outside who himself crashed through the defence before offloading to Saltonstall for a great score, Cole just hit the post with the conversion 12-14.


Reynolds started another attack with a kick, for the chasing Ali to force a 5m lineout, then a Heath penalty, but the ball was knocked on during the offload from the tap. Mellor was the next to try and move the ball wide, winning a scrum, from which a Cole chip forced another 5m lineout. Selby were solid this time clearing to halfway and Heath were unable to progress before the ball went dead. Selby were the next to add to the points, when perhaps realising that the game could still go either way, despite the extra player, chose to take the kick option from a penalty on the 22. 12-17


Heath were tiring badly, their efforts taking their toll, James dressings were refreshed, and a final push was needed. James took a high kick well, finding Mellor but an interception, left the field clear for Selby to run over to take the play away from Heath 12-22, Heath had nothing left in the tank and the game remained at that score until the final whistle.


Another great effort by the hardcore of team members who put it in every week, the next 4 tough games will define our season, but with the injury crisis prevalent throughout both Heath Teams, we need others to step up and make themselves available. Its your chance to seize an opportunity to take one of the starting places.


FT 12 - 22


Tries 2 Drop Goals 0
Penalty Tries 0 Penalty Goals 0
Conversions 1 Attendance 50
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