Heath’s Plant expecting a close-run contest

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Having opened their Yorkshire One account at Keighley last weekend, Heath host opponents with a 100 per cent record when Scarborough arrive at West Vale tomorrow

Kevin Plant’s side, who ran out 26-16 winners at Keighley, conceded 80 points on the east coast last term during a horror run of early-season mishaps before turning the tables at home.

“Scarborough are a good side; they’ve played two, won two so they’ll be confident coming over here,” said Plant.

“They have a few overseas players, which is a bit of a tradition for them, but we’re off the mark now with a good win and we’ll be looking for another victory.

“They won at Keighley in their first game by a similar margin to us, so if that’s the form guide then you’d expect it is going to be a close game.”

Heath, who will be without young centre Jack Sheldrake and the prop James Watson, owed last week’s success to a late try from No. 8 Ian Downsborough and 21 points from young fly half Ezra Hinchliffe.

“Keighley hasn’t been the happiest of hunting grounds for us in recent years,” said Plant.

“We played really well up the slope and into the wind during the first half and were 13-6 in front at half time.

“We lost our way a little bit after the break and ended up 16-13 behind but we dominated the last 10 minutes and Ian got us the win with his try about three minutes from time.

“Ezra kicked really well in tricky conditions.”

Heath open their new clubhouse on Sunday, with a friendly ‘select’ fixture preceding the ribbon-cutting - the honours will be carried out by England centre Manu Tuilagi - at 3pm.