Scarborough disappointed by narrow defeat at Heath but gain a losing bonus-point to stay in second place.

2 Apr

2018-04-01 defence at heathSCARBOROUGH DEFEND AT HEATH – PHOTO BY KIND PERMISSION OF HEATH RUFC

NORTHERN DIVISION – YORKSHIRE ONE

HEATH 20 SCARBOROUGH 17

By Dave Campbell

A full blooded promotion battle between Heath and Scarborough in third and second place in Yorkshire One respectively, came down to a late penalty for the visitors.

However trailing 17-20, fly-half Tom Ratcliffe failed to convert the most difficult of kicks from the quagmire on the touchline and Heath came away with four points having been denied a bonus by stout visiting defence and Scarborough gained a losing bonus point to keep them in second place.

Ratcliffe had opened the scoring for the visitors with a superb early solo effort when he sold a couple of outrageous dummies to touch down and convert himself for a 7-0 Scarborough lead.

Heath dominated the set pieces through their big and cohesive pack playing down a somewhat slippery slope and struck back with tries from Olly Cook and Peter Birkett; both converted by Ezra Hinchliffe to lead 14-7 at the break.

The west Yorshiremen stretched their lead to 17-7 with a penalty from Hinchliffe before a try from winger Jonty Holloway converted by Ratcliffe reduced the arrears to three points.

Ratcliffe added a touchline conversion to level the scores at 17-17 with a superb touchline effort in the 65th minute. However Hinchliffe nudged Heath 20-17 ahead with a penalty of his own in the 71st minute before all the late drama.

In the end the difference between the sides was a superb pack performance from the Heath eight but it was nip and tuck all the way.

And Tom Ratcliffe who scored all but five of his side’s points can hold his head high after another effective game.

In the last couple of weeks Scarborough have played fellow contenders Beverley and Heath away from home with a possible ten points at stake. A 31-20 bonus point win at Beverley was followed by a losing-bonus point defeat 17-20 at Heath. Six from ten possible points wasn’t ideal for Coach Simon Smith and his charges but as Beverley went empty handed and Heath won only four points it wasn’t too bad a return.

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