Selby RUFC 0 - 33 Heath RUFC
By Stephen Ward
Selby second best against a very good Heath team but their young and inexperienced side never gave up.
Selby RUFC 0 – 33 Heath RUFC
Report by Ian Marlow (Posted by Stephen Ward)
A ‘hard day at the office’ was how one Selby supporter succinctly and accurately summed up the day’s proceedings at the final whistle of this game where, for the second time this season, Selby came off decidedly second best against a very good Heath team who showed why they are one of the promotion favourites.
With quite a number of more experienced players missing this week due to various crimes and misdemeanours (see last week’s report for the gory details), injuries, and unavailability, Selby put out one of their youngest and least experienced sides - and while seemingly having nothing to show for it points wise at the final whistle, it was nevertheless a credit to those who stepped up and into the breach for never giving up at any time and playing some good competitive rugby themselves for large parts of the match.
Playing with the stiff and icy breeze the game’s template was set as Heath’s massive pack immediately laid siege to the Selby line. The Swans defended well though but were caught in a Catch 22 as in trying to move their own possession away from the Heath forwards, the poor handling conditions only led to errors from which Heath profited to eventually force their way over for a converted try. More Heath pressure followed before Harry Cruise and Stephen Clark combined beautifully for the latter to streak away up the wing before surprising everyone with a laser precision kick into the Heath corner to set up great field position. More good Selby possession ensued where they continued to test the Heath defence out wide but the Halifaxonians were as competent in defence as attack and Selby’s effort came to naught before Heath showed how it should be done with another converted score for 0-14 after twenty minutes.
Further Heath pressure earned them another try for 0-21 but Selby stuck to their own guns and continued to move it wide and, after some excellent touch finds by Scott Hunt against the strong breeze, they mounted a series of attacks on the Heath line. Unfortunately, though the Heath defence remained resolute with no further score before half time.
With the benefit of the conditions now, Selby had a much better half territorially but, for all their considerable efforts, they still never managed to breach the heath defence. And then to rub salt into sore wounds, Heath broke away for another try on the hour before another last minute try to them bumped the final score up to 0-33 - which was rather unfair and unflattering against the whole-hearted efforts that Selby had given throughout the game.
Selby now have a welcome break before resuming league hostilities in the New Year but the club will be holding the annual and popular inter-club ‘exiles’ game on boxing day and all are welcome – both on the playing field and/or in the bar afterwards.