Match Report: Saturday 17 October 2009

Reported by Dan Ingham.
FINAL SCORE: Heath RUFC 11 vs Bradford Salem 10

Still winning ways.....

After several reshuffles and call ups to the 2nd team, Heath managed to turn out 19 players - with the help of the Colts David Nelson and Will Travis, and local bobbies Steve Rochnia and Carl Galvin.

Ingham kicked off and a good chase by Emlyn James, Gaz Owen and Barry Sykes held the much bigger Salem pack in there own 22. After 10 mins indiscipline by Heath in the visitor’s 22 enabled them to kick deep and attack the hosts line for the first time, but good work by Pete Craigie, Smurf and Alf Baxter enabled the ball to be turned over and Ingham kicked deep to relieve pressure.

After 15 mins a good break from Bash down the right flank was only stopped by a last ditch tackle from the Salem full back, which saved a certain try. But hands in the ruck and Salem where penalised. Ingham attempted the penalty from 5 mtrs in and 30 mtrs out, but pushed it wide. The visitors then dropped out and Heath drove well into their territory. Again Bradford where penalised, on the 22 in front of the sticks and Ingham made no mistake this time. 3 nil to Heath.

This seemed to spur Salem on and Heath errors, together with bad discipline, enabled the visitors to drive into the Heath half. On 27 mins Bradford were rewarded for there efforts, with a try though the visiting stand off pushed the conversion wide.

From the restart, again bad discipline from Heath enabled the visitors to drive into the Heath half and on the stroke of half time heath where penalised in front of the posts - 22 out. Luckily, the shot missed and half time was blown.

Heath made several changes at half time and the big game breaker was the introduction of young Pidgeon at scrum half and then Owen replacing Kershaw at full back. Salem kicked to Heath and took the game to their opponents for the next ten mins. Good running from Kerr, Craigie and Pidgeon enabled Heath to work set pieces in the Salem half, only to be stopped by foul play. Ingham again stepped up to convert the penalty, for a 6 to 5 score.

Heath then seemed to fold or fall asleep and Bradford turned the ball over several times and attacked the heath line hard. On 52 mins an error at the back gave Salem a scrum 5 out and their big number 8 picked up to score at the side of the posts. Again the Salem 10 missed the conversation attempt.

Heath brought the verbal Smurf back on and this seemed to help the ever tiring heath pack. With 7 mins remaining, Heath had a penalty on the Bradford 22 and decided to kick for touch in the corner and try for the match winning score. A knock on at the lineout gave head and feed to Heath 5 mtrs out. Heath packed down, switching Smurf into the 2 row to add power. Kerr duly packed down at 8 and the scrum was formed. He then picked the ball up and shot towards the Salem line. With a deft sidestep he was over. Ingham then missed the conversion.

With only 4 mins left, Salem tried everything to pull the game back and with 30 seconds remaining they got a penalty 30 mtrs out and 10 mtrs in field. Surprisingly, the Salem 10 elected to go for goal and having missed all afternoon Heath hoped his form would continue - it did, he missed.

This game was not the best the 3rds have played but they stuck to their task and won. Indeed, its a win again. They need to stay together and keep moving on and with several players back this week, Heath 3rds can only get stronger.,

Forwards’ man of the match goes to Emlyn James who tackled his heart out and made several big runs into the Salem defence. Backs goes to young Pidgeon, who only played the 2nd half but showed his class with intelligent play in several key moments

Keep going boys and keep the dream alive

Tries 1 Drop Goals 0
Penalty Tries 0 Penalty Goals 2
Conversions 0 Attendance 40
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