Hellingly win a ‘home’ match at Heathfield’s dry Waldron pitch

James Grey
James Grey

After the frustrations of the previous two weeks, it was a relief that Heathfield were able to accommodate Hellingly and the club’s home fixture on the Greenies’ Waldron pitch.

With players lost on their way to this rural location the warm up by its very nature was disjointed and split between line marking and ball handling!

But Hellingly were just happy to be back playing, with their own playing surface still waterlogged from the ongoing inclement weather.

Playing down hill Hellingly took some time to adjust to the boggy playing surface but soon the big forwards pinned Heathfield into their 22 and from a succession of scrums wore down the Heathfield pack until a decisive five metre drive and a disputed try between Dave Searle and James Grey.

The teams then became inseperable as defences dominated in the greasy conditions. A quality kick from Adam Cottingham put Hellingly in strong position deep into Heathfield territory and a good take and drive on Scott Monk allowed James Grey to spin from the back of the maul and stretch over the despairing defence for the second score and 10-0.

Half time came and Hellingly had to face the slope and the elements.

This was going to be a tough half for the forwards but straight from kick off a gap was created for the elusive Dave Sands to capitalise on and run in from the half way, with Tom Manktelow converting for 17-0.

Heathfield brought great commitment to the table and briefly held the upper hand in the forwards but Hellingly defended strongly and denied them scoring opportunities in the red zone.

Finally strength told and a series of moves and squandered chances finally resulted in an opportunity for James Grey to finally find space outside the forwards and cross for a much anticipated try and 22-0.

This was not a day for backs and man of the match was Russell Higgins who typified the grit and determination of this Hellingly team by playing in the front row, second row and back row to demonstrate his and the teams versatility.

Hellingly move on to a game against table-toppers Hove .