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Quinn keeps his nerve to seal Heath victory
4:04pm Friday 30th August 2013 in Sport
FOLLOWING the scrappy victory over Ince Rose Bridge, Heath were looking to get back on track against a Miners outfit struggling for league form.
Everything looked to be going to plan in the first quarter as Heath were dominating possession and territory.
With a comfortable lead on the penalty count it was slightly alarming that Heath only had a Shaun Quinn converted, Corey Lee try to show for their efforts.
Adam Walsh had an effort disallowed by the touch-judge for being held up, and frustrations grew at the inability to find a way through the Miners resolute defence.
One of the Heath errors gifted field position for Miners to level up the score a 6-6 through a Gary Gittins try converted by impressive fullback Jonny Youds.
Tries from Connor Partington and Andrew Groves put Miners 16-6 up at the break.
And when centre Jonathan Carroll extended the lead to 20-6 the writing seemed like it was well and truly on the wall.
With under a quarter of an hour remaining Crusaders needed a turning point to grab the momentum.
This came when man of the match Adam Walsh took advantage of numbers on the left edge to slide in at the corner, Quinn missed the extras to leave the game delicately poised at 20-10.
Miners were slow to the restart and Heath pounced on this negativity.
In the next set, Corey Lee crossed for his brace and Quinn’s conversion put Heath within four points with 10 minutes remaining.
Youds missed a penalty for Miners which would have been crucial.
An injury time penalty gave Heath the field position Stott and Foster launched Jamie Tracey through the gap to level the score.
With time ticking down this left Quinn with a difficult conversion to seal the win.
With the minimum of fuss the full back calmly slotted the two points and when Miners failed to re-gather the short kick off it was left to Heath to wind down the clock.
Adam Walsh picked up the Hattons Solicitors Man of the Match.