Storey Hat trick leads 2nds to win
1. Morley 6. Wilkinson 11 Hinchcliffe
2. Whitworth 7. Dawes 12 Gill
3. Richardson 8. Skinner 13 Beever
4. Ward 9. Cole 14 Cockroft
5. Raby 10 Malik 15 Storey
Heath named a full and strong squad for the visit of the Bees to West Vale, with both teams vying for 4th place in the championship. The opposing fixture earlier in the year, had led to a last-minute win by Heath, so there was all to play for with two evenly matched teams.
Bees were the quicker off the mark, excellent defence by Heath came to nothing as they ran in an early unconverted score. This stirred Heath into life, and they were soon over the line themselves, although struggling to secure ball in from set piece scrums, the Bees pack being very dominant, an early penalty moved Heath to within 5m of the try line. The ball was moved away from the forwards early and Storey running a great line, had him over, with Cole making no mistake with the extras. 7-5.
Bees broke early and seemed to be heading for a further score when Dawes made a great last-ditch tackle to stop the attacking back, a penalty was then awarded for not releasing, and Storey kicked the ball to the 22. With ball secured, Cockroft cleared, Bees lost the lineout and then conceded penalty. Unfortunately, the kick failed to make touch, with the ball cleared back , Storey collected and had another probing run deep into the opposition half. Releasing Beever, the ball was lost forward in contact with advantage over, a penalty was given for hands in the ruck to Heath. Opting for a scrum, Cockcroft attacked and great rucking by Skinner from the breakdown won a further penalty, which Cole elected to kick, which was successful 10-5
For the rest of the first period, Heath exchanged possession with Bees with no side making ground. Milner replaced ward just prior to Half Time being blown.
From the restart Heath were on the march again , with quality ball secured from the pack, great work from the backs, found Storey overlapping again to go in under the posts, for his 2nd. Cole added the extras 17-5
From the restart Burbidge had a great run, with recycled ball making its way back to Storey, he found touch 10m into the Bees half. From Bees securing the lineout a great tackle by Skinner gave another penalty kicking task to Cole which he slotted over 20-5.
Bees regrouped, moving deep into Heaths half , when a clearance kick failed to make touch, they moved the ball quickly through their speedy backs, and poor tackling allowed them a further unconverted try 20-10
With Heath making changes the experienced James and Bruce adding fresh legs, great work in the lose by Raby gave Bruce a chance for an early run. When the ball was lost again, Heath conceded a penalty for offside, Bees drove from the lineout, but Heath held strong and forced a penalty giving them a chance to clear. Bees were still very much in the game, working through their powerful pack, Heath were on the ropes. Whitworth stole the ball to try and relieve pressure, but it was short-lived. Several Bees penalties kept them very much in the danger area, and pressure eventually told with them chipping through and moving the score to 20-15
There were under 10 mins left, could Heath hold out or would Bees turn the tables and they themselves execute a last-minute win. Hinchcliffe broke up the next attack out wide with a great covering tackle, forcing a knock on . Bees had gone to uncontested scrums, giving a solid platform for Heath to forge a well overdue attack, and forced another penalty, moving the ball to the 22. Storey released Cockroft who chipped ahead but the ball went dead. From the dropout , Bruce executed a great hit and the ball went lose, Storey collected and evaded diving tackles from Half way to secure the winning score with Cole making no mistake with the extras 27-15.
With seconds left , Heath secured the ball and kicked the ball dead. A great team performance, holding strong against a last quarter onslaught from Bees, who to their credit never gave up