A good home win for the Thirds.
Heath 3rds entertained Sandal 3rds on a wet, muddy afternoon. With a few late cry off and a few players called up Heath had a squad of 19. The only person not to show, was match day officer Dave Bradley???????? But a big thank you to Martin Baldwin for stepping in.
Heath won the toss and Ingham decided to kick to the visitors. The first 15 mins was a good old fashioned game of rugby with some big hits and great forward play by both teams, James, Tank and Dance coming to the front to be counted. Also, Jack Bird playing his first open age game was putting in some great tackles. On 20 mins good work by Moore and Craigen enabled Heath to steal the ball and good hands in the backs from White and Bash created space for Lister to score in the corner for his first open age try. Ingham missed the extras, but 5 nil to Heath
Lots of handling errors were creeping in because of the awful wet conditions but on 26 mins a trade mark run from Bash, starting 40 meters out, saw him knock off would be tacklers to score out wide. Ingham tagged on the extras for a score of 12 nil to Heath.
This seemed to spur on Sandal and good running and pressure on 33 mins, saw their flanker charge a kick down from Collinge and drop on the lose ball for an unconverted score 12 to 5. Ill discipline from the visitors over the next 5 mins gave the hosts a long range shot at goal which was missed by the returning Littlewood. Half time.
The first 20 mins of the second half was end to end with both teams failing score despite good work. Kersh was unlucky to be bundled into touch and White and Blackmore were just held short.
On 21 mins Sandal had a chance to narrow the gap but the visiting fly half pulled his attempt wide. On 27 mins good work and driving from Blackmore, Moore and James took them over the half way line and a penalty enabled Ingham to have a long range shot at goal - missed.
After half an hour, the try of the game, with Sandal attacking into Heathís 22, good defence by Collinge and Bash saw the ball come loose for Andy white to hoof it down field. With no fullback at home it became a foot race between the speedy Lister and Sandalís equally quick fullback. Both sides held their breath as Lister got there first and hacked on into the try area and drop on he ball. His 2nd open age try. Ingham failed with the extras. 17 to 5 to Heath.
The sandal heads seemed to go down at this and on 40 mins some 35 meters out with the ball in a ruck the refereeís arm came out for a penalty to Heath. Ingham fancied his chances and called for the ball to pop over a drop goal. 20 points to 5 full time
Man of the match for Heath goes to young Josh Lister and Jack Bird, in his first ever open age game. Also a big thanks for Spudís reffing and again thanks to MC Balders for stepping in AS match Day Officer.