A season of near misses in Yorkshire One had a disappointing conclusion for Heath, who couldn’t contain rampant hosts Wath Upon Dearne and were beaten 43-15.
A much-changed Heath side had Anthony Darling, Martin White, Fergus Marsden, Koffi Brobbey and Matt Baxendale in for injured or unavailable regulars.
The visitors made the worst possible start, conceding a try after three minutes scored by McCarthy from a rolling maul. Quinn converted.
Slick handling by the home side put Heath under pressure with Brobbey, Mark Puttick and Alex Cust making good tackles.
After 12 minutes, Heath were penalised for a deliberate knock-on but Quinn’s attempt hit the post.
A great run from the Wath right wing was halted when McFadden held him up but ex-Halifax scrum half Joe Bartlett, playing at No 10, was given an easy run to score under the posts. The conversion made it 14–0 on 18 minutes.
The first Heath move of note came soon after when Cust and Ryan Hunter linked well. Brobbey came up to collect the ball and pass out to White and Darren Neilly before debutant Anthony Darling went over.
Ezra Hinchliffe converted and Heath were in the game.
From the re-start Joe Shipman, Rob Thackray and Baxendale stormed through to set up another Heath attack.
Heath were playing well now and astute kicking from Hinchliffe set up lineout ball. Baxendale made another scything run but got injured.
A cross-kick from Hinchliffe to Puttick, lurking unmarked out wide, would have caught Wath unawares but the ball bounced out of Puttick’s reach and Wath cleared.
Good hands from Cust and Thackray set up Heath’s next attack as they developed a fast open game.
Alas, an innocuous kick from Wath was misjudged by White and when the ball was dribbled through further, Brobbey also failed to gather it, allowing Wath centre Robert Booth to register another converted try on 37 minutes. That made it 21-7 against the run of play.
Wath scored their bonus-point fourth try soon after to take the game further away from the visitors at 28–7.
When a gentle melee developed the referee decided it was time for the interval. Bartlett left the arena with a badly cut finger.
Stern words at half time had the desired effect on Heath and Hinchliffe released Thackray for a well-taken try on 42 minutes.
Hinchliffe’s straight penalty made it 28–15 and Heath pressed for another try and were encamped in the Wath 22.
However, the hosts withstood the barrage and increased their lead with a penalty on 72 minutes.
When Hamish Pratt was sin-binned, Heath’s chance had gone and Wath turned the screw with two tries in quick succession.