Rugby union: Winning send-off for Heath's Joe?

JOE Shipman makes his final Heath appearance at home to Ilkley in Yorkshire One tomorrow (3.0).

The back row stalwart and lineout specialist is leaving for New Zealand and Australia and will be keen to leave on a winning note.

Heath will be hoping to bounce back after last week's poor performance in a 13-0 defeat at Keighley.

When the sides met earlier in the season, Heath put in one of their better performances in recent times and ran out 32-19 winners.

Kevin Plant's side are fourth in Yorkshire One while Ilkley are third from bottom, but they would be three places higher had they not been deducted five points.

Tomorrow's visitors had a 15-7 win over bottom club Bradford Salem last Saturday.

Charlie Lomas rotates with Neil Francis at scrum half, with Francis dropping to the bench, and locks Alistair Gordon and Danny Nolan return.

Heath will hope for a better supply of lineout ball and a dry pitch to help their backs get back in the groove.

Heath seconds host Wheatley Hills, who are a tough side at home but tend not to travel well. They will hope to consolidate their position at the top of the Merit League.

The thirds travel to Ilkley with a competent-looking line-up as they bid to bounce back from last week's faltering restart to the season.

Heath under 16s play Bridlington in the quarter final of the Yorkshire Cup at West Vale on Sunday (noon). The under 13s travel to Rotherham Titans.