Match Report: Saturday 27 September 2008

Reported by Tom Stanley Walton.
FINAL SCORE: Heath RUFC 35 vs Scarborough RUFC 7

That's more like it!

Showing a return to the backrow for Eddie Blackmore and with Ryan Piper moving to Scrumhalf, Giles Hetherington to standoff, Si Brown to fullback and Mark Johnson making his First Team debut on the wing, Heath kicked off on this fine afternoon.

They were quickly into their stride and the first infringement from the visitors produced 3 points from the boot of Piper. This followed a superb run by Heath’s Jarrod Morris, who made twenty metres before he was hauled down by the Scarborough defence, who then had to handle in the ruck to stop the momentum.

Heath 3 – 0 after five minutes, but after this promising start the visitors could have struck straight back with a penalty of their own, though the shot at goal fell wide. That said, the East Coast men continued to press and, following some poor tackling by the Heath defence, fullback Dixon went over between the posts for a well-taken try. Converted by standoff and Captain Bullen, to go 7 – 3 up.

Heath’s new halfback combination then stepped up to the mark and linked up effectively to release Si Brown down the wing. Only a fine, last ditch, tackle stopped a score. However, the support play was superb and when Alistair Gordon was found lurking in the back-line he released fellow secondrower Danny Nolan with one defender to beat. With an outrageous dummy he did just this and went over for a well-deserved try. Heath now 8 – 7 infront, after quarter of an hours play.

Scarborough now seemed to be struggling to contain a Heath side growing in confidence and playing some of their most effective rugby for some time. It came as no surprise, therefore, that Scarborough were soon caught offside defending in front of their own posts and so Piper stepped up and collected another 3 points for the West Vale men. 11 – 7 to Heath after 18 minutes.

Heath were now forging ahead and continued to play some entertaining but effective rugby, whilst the visitors seemed to struggle and were losing turnover ball to the homeside. Excellent tackling stints from Blackmore and Nolan saw Scarborough attacks break down time after time.

Next up, Morris had another powering run upfield and when stopped short, quick hands from Downsborough and Blackmore release a supporting Gaz Richardson to blast his way over for a well-taken score. A good conversion from Piper saw Heath 18 – 7 up after twenty five minutes and with the home supporters enjoying the excellent menu of rugby on offer.

Scarborough’s only chance of scoring now looked to be from penalties and after a few more minutes of play some came their way – but they failed to take advantage. These minor setbacks didn’t deter Heath from pressing home attacks and, soon after, fullback Brown linked up with Hetherington to break down the field with a rampaging pack in support. The ball came back down the line with a final miss-move releasing newcomer Johnson for his first try, in his first full game, at the Club. After Piper’s conversion Heath looked to be cruising with a score of 25 – 7 which they took into the half-time break.

Scarborough began the second half attacking strongly, but Heath weathered this initial storm and denied the visitors a score. Six minutes on and Heath had a penalty chance and Piper duly obliged, to increase the homeside’s lead to 28 – 7.

Scarborough had no answer to prop Richardson’s storming runs. He was leading by example and had the Heath pack rampaging along with him. However, a change of emphasis saw Heath kick more in this second half and it wasn’t until Hetherington and White burst through to release Alistair Gordon, on fifty three minutes, that their next came. Converted by Piper for the homeside to lead 35 – 7.

In the last quarter, Piercy replaced try-scorer Nolan, Chris Haigh - Downsborough and Jimmy Blackmore came on for Pearce whilst Heath continued to play quick, open rugby with miss-moves and fast breaks cutting open the Scarborough defence. The visitors also worked hard for more points but with Heath “on song” no more scores came along and Heath ran out well-deserved winners at 35 – 7.

This was a superb all round performance from the men in maroon and followed a couple of disappointing results previously. It now kick starts the season as Heath now prepare to visit Malton and Norton next Saturday in buoyant mood.


HEATH RUFC MATCH STATISTICS
Tries 4 Drop Goals 0
Penalty Tries 0 Penalty Goals 3
Conversions 3 Attendance 150
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Si Brown on the attack.
Si Brown on the attack.
Gaz covering.
Gaz covering.
Pick and take.
Pick and take.
Giles breaking through.
Giles breaking through.
Piper clears.
Piper clears.