Match Report: Saturday 12 March 2016

Reported by Tomorgar
FINAL SCORE: Heath RUFC 0 vs Bradford & Bingley 64

Heath exposed to Bees' sting.

On a fine afternoon, in near-perfect conditions Heath took on table-toppers Bradford & Bingley in a match rearranged from January.

While Heath’s neighbours, Old Brodleians were consolidating their position at 7th with a clear win against Yarnbury and Old Crossleyans were lifting themselves further away from the trapdoor to Division Two with a victory against Bradford Salem, the West Vale men were struggling. B & B (‘Bees’) demonstrated why they are where they are in the league, with a resounding victory that left Heath with ‘nil points’ – either on the scoreboard or in the league.

Missing Ezra Hinchliffe, skiing in America, Sam Pollard came in at centre with Jack Crabtree at fullback. Ollie Cook, Matt Baxendale and Darren Neilly were on the bench.

Early exchanges saw Heath’s poor tackling exposed and Adam Mitchell pounced on a kick over the home defence for a try in the corner after 3 mins to open the Bees account: 0 – 7.

Heath responded with strong runs from Cameron Ramsden, Howard Hanks and Callum Harriett-Brown as they came to terms with the pace of the game. However, on 13 mins, yet another missed tackle allowed the visitors to score in the same corner and convert: 0 – 14.

Bees continued to attack, moving the ball around from one side of the field to the other to test the Heath defence. On 25 mins, following good work from Dominic Walsh, Harriett-Brown and Crabtree, Josh White chased down a ball but the visitors managed to find touch. The Bees defended well and broke loose again to shift play from end to end. An injury to White brought Neilly on to join the fray, on 28 mins.

The visitors kept going and were not afraid to throw the ball about, with forwards and backs equally comfortable in possession and No.6 Tom Booth scored their 3rd try on 31 mins. It was again converted by No.9, Richard Scull: 0 – 21. The bonus-try came 2 minutes later as No.11 scored his hat-trick: 0 – 26. It was damage limitation now for Heath but as half time approached Bees claimed a Heath lineout and Mitchell went in again, under the posts, which with the conversion, made it 0 – 33.

With Olly Cook on for Rondene Johnson in the second half, Heath could not prevent Bees continuing where they had left off. Their centre, No.12 Lachlan Moore, scored in the first minute: 0 – 38. Heath’s 2ndrow man, Matt Beasty, was injured and this brought Johnson back on and Cook moved to 2nd row. On 45 mins, Bees No.8 scored a try after a scorching run in which he exposed Heath’s lack of pace mid-field: 0 – 43. Matt Baxendale then took Si Brown’s place on the wing.

Heath kept battling but the Bees were like seagulls stealing chips as their No.7 Greg Whatley ran in yet another try under the posts, which was converted: 0 – 50 on 52 mins. To their credit, Heath would not lie down and perseverance took Baxendale over the line on 53 mins but he was adjudged to have been held up.

Then Mark Sales went off and Brown resumed. Pollard moved to fullback, Crabtree to stand off and Brown to centre, but the procession continued. On 57 mins, Bees No.14, Nick Gore, scored a try in the corner which was converted: 0 – 57. The Bees had the final say when their No.12, Moore, scored another try under the posts. The conversion took it to 0 – 64.

Bradford & Bingley have clearly assembled a team to compete at a higher level!

HEATH RUFC MATCH STATISTICS
Tries 0 Drop Goals 0
Penalty Tries 0 Penalty Goals 0
Conversions 0 Attendance 125
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