Table-toppers end Heath run

Darren Neilly for Heath against Dinnington
Darren Neilly for Heath against Dinnington

Heath’s four-match winning run was ended by Yorkshire One leaders Dinnington, who won 36-10 at North Dean yesterday.

Kevin Plant’s 10th-placed side hinmted at an upset when they led 10-7 after 35 minutes by the Sheffield outfit, battling it out with Ilkley for the silverware, showed their strength in the second half.

Josh Lister, Si Brown and Mick Gleeson came in for Rob Thackray, Sam Pollard and Ezra Hinchliffe and on the bench there was a welcome return for Joe Shipman with Alex McFadden having another chance to impress.

Playing in new kit sponsored by Pure Travel, Heath were quickly under the cosh. Good defence kept the visitors at bay through several phases close to the Heath try-line with Ewan Miller, Stephen Hare and Olly Cook prominent.

Despite their efforts, Ryan Donnelly opened the scoring and Johnny West converted after 10 minutes.

Heath came straight back and after good runs from Chris Moore, Matt Baxendale and Hare, Dominic Walsh kicked through. Si Brown followed up and appeared to have scored but a try was disallowed because of an earlier infringement.

However, the home men kept up the pressure and Walsh went over on 14 minutes,an excellent conversion from Mick Gleeson making it 7–7.

Heath quickly set up another attack and Matt Baxendale was bundled into touch as he looked to round the fullback.

A torrential downpour led to both teams dropping the ball and making mistakes.

Heath began to spring together some good moves. Darren Neilly and Ian Downsborough were influential with Alex Cust and Hare also prominent. Constant pressure resulted in Donnelly being sin-binned and Gleeson kicked Heath in front,

As half time approached Dinnington launched an intense onslaught and a converted try gave them a 14-10 lead against the run of play.

Dinnington had stepped up a gear with the introduction of John Dudley and on 47 minutes West scored their third try, which was unconverted.

Heath needed to respond but Cameron Ramsden and Lister both missed a speculative kick and West picked up to go over for his second try on 52 minutes. With the conversion, Dinnington were in control at 26-10.

Injuries began to mount for the home side and Dinnington tries from Dudley and Chris Williams put more daylight between the teams.

Walsh was unlucky not to reply on 72 minutes before play became bogged down in midfield.