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York RUFC pipped 25-21 by Heath
11:22am Monday 28th October 2013 in Rugby Union
DESPITE a storming first half York RUFC were pipped 25-21 by hosts Heath in Yorkshire division one.
Proceedings started well, when Ben Johnson’s brilliant fourth-minute break in midfield put Rich Downey into space to run 35 yards virtually unopposed. Downey added the conversion.
Heath came straight back and with York encroaching offside Heath fly-half Hinchcliffe slotting over a simple penalty.
More Heath pressure soon had York on the defensive again, but a Heath kick ahead was charged down by the York defence, Downey kicked ahead, the chase resulting in a try under the posts. The kick was added.
After Heath missed a penalty, York went further ahead with Bradshaw scoring wide out. Downey added a touchline conversion.
But the 21-3 lead was trimmed to 11 points by the interval when Heath bagged an unconverted try and tghen a penalty.
York started the second half with a strong breeze at their backs and it took Heath nearly 20 minutes of the second half to get deep into the York half.
Now the game was littered with penalties and handling errors on both sides.
The loss of York captain Chris Fox was a blow, even though the Clifton Parkers had territorial advantage. Three times they got close to the line but each time were repelled and Heath clawed their way back.
A period of Heath pressure again forced play into the York 22. Quick handling allowed Heath wing Baxendale to score in the corner. Hinchcliffe added the two points with nine minutes remaining.
York were on the back foot, and up against a rampant Heath and were unable to hold out.
Heath again forced play into the 22, York buckling under the pressure for a converted try as, not for the first time this season, York ran out of steam.
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