Convincing display seals points

Chris Moore of Heath driving on during his side's victory over Dinnington
Chris Moore of Heath driving on during his side's victory over Dinnington

Heath 26 Dinnington 18

Heath put in a convincing display as they earned a bonus point success to move above Dinnington in Yorkshire One.

The hosts enjoyed the perfect start when, from a scrum, Cole released Hetherington who in turn passed to Marty Moana. He fed Si Brown and Dave Montgomery was on hand to go over for a try, Lomas converted for a 7-0 lead after two minutes.

Heath were quickly on the attack again and only the referee prevented a further try when he blew for crossing.

Dinnington were making too many mistakes and Heath added a second try when the returning Ian Downsborough picked up at the base of a scrum and released Giles Hetherington who evaded several tackles before throwing a pass out to Brown who, despite the efforts of two Dinnington players, went over for an unconverted try.

Heath were well in control and a period of sustained pressure, plus some ill-discipline from the visitors, saw Brown touch down, but the referee ruled it out. Dinnington persevered and as half-time approached managed to get on the scoreboard with a penalty from West.

Half-time substitutes Danny Ramsden and Olly Cook came on for prop Watson and backrow Collinge. Dinnington seemed spurred on from the late first half penalty and were quickly on to the attack from the restart.

However, it was short-lived, as Ramsden quickly got into the play by releasing Moana and then backing up with Hetherington and Montgomery although no points were forthcoming.

Dinnington went looking for a try but big tackles from Puttick and Downsborough kept things in check before they added another penalty for 12–6.

Heath responded with a vengeance. When Lomas took a long clearance, his high kick was chased by the Heath players and a favourable bounce saw Downsborough pick up and score converted by Lomas. However, some slack play from Heath saw Dinnington centre Stimpson pick up a loose ball and run half the length of the field for an unconverted try which brought the visitors back into the contest at 19-11.

Coach Kevin Plant brought on Luke Clogher for winger Brown. Montgomery was again leading by example and made some strong runs along with prop Chris Moore.

One drive set up a scrum and from the resulting chase Ramsden harried the visitors’ defence, stole the ball and picked up a try converted by Lomas for 26-11.

Dinnington hit back with centre Donnelly going over, converted by West. Heath regrouped and great effort from Cole and Cook released Moana, whose finely weighted pass to Montgomery was adjudged forward as a try beckoned.

Heath continued to look for another score as Moore kicked through and picked up but his pass to Montgomery was again adjudged forward.