Crocs take derby spoils

Old Crossleyans beat division-lower Heath OB 32-21 in Saturday’s pre-season friendly at Broomfield.

Crocs, warming up for a Yorkshire Cup match at Malton and Norton next Saturday, included new recruits Chris Vine from Old Brodleians at centre and second rower Tony Oxley from Old Rishworthorthians.

The visitors from West Vale also had some new faces plus several players stepping up from their successful Colts side.

Heath drew first blood on 20 minutes through front rower Mark Puttick, Giles Hetherington converting, but swept into a 12-7 interval lead with tries from winger Billy Hammond, following James Wainwright’s break, and fullback Gary Sweeney, who cashed in on good work from Jack Hammond.

Ed Cockroft, behind much of Crocs’ best work on the day, converted Sweeney’s try but it was his only successful kick of the afternoon.

Tom Hammond extended the lead to 17-7 following a cheeky chip through and when Leigh Thomas moved the score on to 22-7, Crocs looked set for a comfortable win.

However, backrower Olly Wilby touched down under a pile of bodies for Heath, Richard Cole converting, and the gap was down to one point at 22-21 when Giles Hetherington intercepted and ran the length of the pitch for a try he converted himself.

However, tries from Rory Davis and Cockroft tipped the scales Crocs’ way.

Heath’s next outing is at Morley on Saturday.