Heath on the up after sinking Selby

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Heath continued their resurgence under coach Dave Harrison, easing past Selby 25-7 at West Vale in Yorkshire One.

For Heath, Fergus Marsden was a late withdrawal from the selected squad and Alistair Gordon came in.

Selby kicked off in dry conditions and they were soon awarded a penalty but the kick fell well short of the posts.

It wasn’t until the tenth minute that Heath put together some form of rugby, giving Alistair Gordon a simple run-in for a try. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful but Heath led 5–0.

Heath were now finding their feet, with the pack dominating the lineout ball.

Mark Puttick went close following a quick tap penalty by Dominic Walsh and Selby were pulled all over the field.

Peter Birkett was having a solid game at fullback and he set up the next real attack with Matt Baxendale, Walsh and Si Brown who was bundled into touch just five metres short of the line.

From the lineout Heath were in possession and a series of passes opened the way for Ian Downsborough to score the second try which was again unconverted to make it 10–0.

Heath were playing good open rugby and Darren Neilly was next to make a charge but he had to leave the field with a head injury, bringing Olly Cook on to the field on 28 minutes.

Walsh took a quick penalty to set up Josh White and Ben Hinsley for Cook to be held up over the line, but from the scrum slick handling by Jack Crabtree and Ezra Hinchliffe eventually led to Josh White scoring a try. Hinchliffe converted and it was 17–0 at the break.

The second half began in a steady downpour, Hinchliffe’s penalty pushing the score out to 20-0.

It was in the 65th minute that Neilly made a 20 metres run before passing to Hinchliffe whose kick through was perfect for Harriett-Brown to chase and touchdown for the bonus-point try.

There was no conversion but Heath were now 25–0 up.

At the death, the visitors scored a converted try.