Heath back to winning ways

Heath ended a five-match run without a win by beating visitors 12-3 at home in Yorkshire One.

Victory not only killed off any lingering fears of relegation but lifted them to seventh in the table, above Pontefract and Scarborough.

Bridlington pressed hard early on at a wet North Dean, winger Stirk breaking free and only a super cover tackle by Charlie Lomas prevented a score in the corner.

Brid continued to threatened and after four minutes good defensive work from Ian Downborough and Jamie Richardson prevented another possible try when the referee adjudged ‘held up’ over the line. On seven minutes Heath gave away a penalty on the 10 metres line but the kick went just wide.

Heath were struggling to come to terms with the pace of the game and on 12 minutes Mellonby’s penalty for offside made it 0-3.

Heath’s first move came shortly after when Chris Moore, Giles Hetherington and Dom Walsh combined well. Mark Puttick, Downsborough and Hetherington were involved next and the fly half put in a perfect kick towards the corner for Si Brown to pick up, cross unchallenged and go behind the posts. Hinchcliffe’s conversion made it 7-3.

Back came Brid. An opportunity was missed when Hinchcliffe was pulled up for not releasing, then Moore was sin-binned.

A period of even play followed as the pitch started to cut up.

Half time was reached with no further score but for the last 20 minutes Heath were on top.

Hinchcliffe did not have his kicking boots on, missing three penalty chances after the break. It was all Heath at this point with the pack going particularly well and Downsborough and Ryan Hunter went close to scoring.

On 50 minutes Hetherington out-flanked the defence to score Heath’s second try, unconverted, to put them 12-3 up.

Two minutes later Hetherington was sin-binned for a second high tackle. Brid chose to attack instead of going for goal but Hinchcliffe relieved the pressure with a superb clearance.

On 58 minutes, Jack Sheldrake made a strong run and put a perfect kick through but he was obstructed. Sustained pressure followed with James Watson, Hunter and Puttick in the thick of things and then Heeley from Brid was sin-binned.

Robinson missed a penalty five minutes from time for Brid, who pressed to the end looking for a losing bonus point but Heath held out.

Heath are away to Roundhegians next week in the Yorkshire Shield.