Final score: Heath 24 v Hullensians 23
Hullensians played the more creative rugby, but just lost out as they were out-muscled by a big, physical Heath side who dominated early possession.
Heath took an early lead with an Ezra Hinchliffe penalty before Hullensians managed to secure any ball. Hullensians moved the ball well, stretching the home defence to run in tries through Chris Lound (Main Picture) and Guy Martinson, both converted by Lound for a 14-3 lead.
Heath added a second penalty for Heath as their big forwards stuck the ball up their jumpers to draw Hullensians into an arm wrestle, closing the gap to 14-11 with a Chris Piper try.
Lound struck a penalty on either side of half-time, but Heath continued to dominate possession and territory. Hullensians’ defence was coping adequately, until they crucially had a player sent to the sin-bin. Heath used their numerical advantage well, running in a converted try by Ben Maxwell and a third penalty to take the lead at 21-20. Hullensians added a third penalty, but inevitably conceded one for Heath to edge ahead.
Hullensians had a long range penalty attempt from wide out on the last play of the match, but it sailed agonizingly past the posts, much to the relief of the home side, who held out for a 24-23 victory.
Having secured safety in Yorkshire 1, Hullensians now entertain bottom-placed Acklam in their final home league game of the season this week. Hullensians have already faced Acklam twice this season, both away, winning 76-18 in the Yorkshire Shield but losing 52-19 in the league, so they will have to be at their clinical best as they look to put on a try-fest as a reward for their loyal supporters.