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Thatto Heath Crusaders 38 Hull Dockers 12
2:14pm Thursday 8th August 2013 in Sport
HEATH consolidated their position at the top of the National Conference Premier Division with a comprehensive victory over their visitors from Hull.
The foundations for this victory were built very much on the first half defensive display that saw Heath keep Dockers scoreless.
The opening exchanges were littered with handling errors from the home side gifting field position and inviting pressure from the game visitors.
However the Crusaders defence stood resolute throughout the opening quarter of an hour and reward for the hard work was received when Darren Woods collected Andrew Stott’s neat inside ball to cross for an unconverted score.
The arm-wrestle continued for most of the rest of the first half but as Thatto began to dominate they looked the far more likely to trouble the score keepers.
Woods had a second ruled out as Adam Walsh’s outrageous through the legs pass was adjudged to have gone forward following a break from the impressive Lewis Foster.
Woods wasn’t to be denied a second though as Walsh broke down the left before drawing the full back and releasing his wingman to score next to the posts.
Shaun Quinn added the extras. Quinn was again on hand to convert a Dave Pike try as he crossed following Keiron Maddocks’ break from a neat Danny Brennan pass with five minutes to go to half time.
The game was essentially put to bed on the stroke of half time as livewire dummy half Matty Range broke the defence to score the Crusaders fourth of the afternoon and Quinn made it 22-0 .
Heath looked like running riot at the start of the second half as Walsh crossed early on to make it 26-0, before Dockers managed to establish a foothold in the game with two quick-fire tries as first Craig Skelton took advantage when full back Quinn was undone by a cruelly bouncing ball and then Paul Fletcher crashed over and with Skelton tacking the extras on to both Dockers were well and truly back in the game.
The visitors hopes of a comeback were extinguished as an error on the Heath line led to Jack Jones fly-hacking the ball downfield on the ‘free-play’ Quinn chased it down and dribbled the ball further to down field and waited for the ball to sit up nicely to score under the sticks and extend the lead to 32-12.
Heath rounded off the performance in style as Jamie Tracey crossed on the final hooter from Jack Jones’ neat short ball. Quinn added the extras and deservedly picked up the spectator’s Man of the Match award. The Hattons Solicitors MOM went to Jack Jones.
Heath firmly have their sights set on top spot with six out of the last nine games at Close Street beginning with the visit of Ince Rose Bridge on Saturday, 17 August.