Heath 37 Middlesbrough 17
By jason littleton
That's all Folks
Referee Will Gilder from the Gloucestershire Society got today's game underway here at North Dean where Middlesbrough are the visitors to Heath in today's game.
It was the final league game of the season for both clubs, but also the semi final of the Yorkshire Shield. Heath started the day in second place in the league looking forward to a play off in 2 weeks against Northern or West Hartlepool.
Another great game in Yorkshire 1 in which early pressure from the home side resulted in an unconverted try to which Middlesbrough struck back with a penalty from Matthew Todd 5-3.
Then following a run from full back Jamie Watson he put a pass inside to Brendan Hill and with the defence opening up in biblical proportions he sprinted half the length of the field to score under the posts, with the conversion by Todd the score was 5-10.
Next a quick tap penalty was taken by the ever lively Boro scrum half Yelof Rennoc who ran towards the defenders and majestically kicked the ball through and won the foot race to score and another conversion by Todd made it 5-17.
Heath replied with a penalty and converted try to make the half time score 15-17.
On paper the second half looks to have been a one sided affair with Heath adding 22 unanswered points but I must say for most of the half in was very nip and tuck with both sides attacking and defending well with the hosts taking their chances and the visitors unsuccessful with theirs
Special mention to Lynas, who was pilloried by the away supporters for his extended time on the wing, but all was forgiven when he rose like the proverbial salmon in a line out and ran, no sprinted for the line. Struggling to find someone to run into he ran a whole 10 metres before setting up the ball to continue the attack. Soon after he appeared to have been shot by a sniper in the long grass and had to be helped from the field.
Final score Heath 37 Middlesbrough 17
The lads have put a massive shift in this season, Thank you to all of you who have pulled on the Boro Jersey you have played your hearts out for the Maroon and Gold.
A massive thank you to everyone who has taken the time to support the lads this season Home and Away. Young Kieran who has never missed a game all year and has my award, if I had one, for Supporter of the year.
Also thank you to our Tweeters Sara Baggett and Pete Wright.
Last but by no means least thank you Andy Baggett who has led us into playing some of the best rugby I have ever seen from our heroes in maroon and gold.
Season 2018-19 That's all folks!!