Comfortable Greens win but table tight at bottom

HEATHFIELD secured an ultimately comfortable six tries to two victory over Sevenoaks that puts them just above the visitors in the league table which is looking uncomfortably crowded at the bottom.

This was a fine all-round performance based on excellent defence and an authoritative pack.

Conditions were benign with little breeze on an unseasonably warm day with a pitch that was just taking a stud.

The visitors won an early scrum against the head but that was the end of the good news for them in that phase as the home front five effectively took control and gained plentiful ball and position thereafter.

Neither team dominated the line out but Heathfield were winning most of the breakdown contests with a number of important turnovers.

A break out from the home 22 ended with a scrum near the visiting line and man-of-the-match Chris Elliott benefited from a dominant scrum to touch down, converted by Ethan Walker (7-0).

A few minutes later Tom Sheffield broke through in midfield and after some good interplay George Leney was inevitably on hand to finish (14-0).

Although securing little possession, Sevenoaks always looked dangerous and several times made good yards into the home half. However, they continually failed to secure the ball and another breakout from the 22 saw Joe Woods put Ollie Brown away down the left wing on a brisk run and eventually Sheffield completed a fine team try (19-0).

Sevenoaks again tried to reply and were probably unlucky when the ref blew his whistle because of an apparently serious injury as they were about to score.

Heathfield collected another three points shortly before half time, followed not long after the interval by another penalty leaving the visitors in deep trouble (25-0).

This was emphasised as Kobe Tonkin made a beautifully timed run that made good ground to feed Elliott who had the pace to finish for the bonus point try (30-0).

Not for the first time this year, the achievement of a bonus point by Heathfield signalled a resurgence by the opposition and Sevenoaks speedy back division now scored two tries from distance (30-12).

Just for a few moments there was some doubt about the outcome as the visitors had a sniff of an upset.

Then Heathfield secured a good position near the clubhouse corner after Richard Cooley had just failed to work his way over. The boisterous home support on the overlooking balcony generally agreed with the award of a penalty try as the home scrummage trundled forward (37-12).

Most of the play was now in the visitors’ half and the last score fell to Ollie Robertshaw as he enjoyed the dominant scrummage to collect a routine number eight try (42-12).

Elliott had a very decent game out of position at scrum half and Simon Wilson, Tonkin and Ollie Smith particularly caught the eye making the hard yards.

This Saturday (3pm) Heathfield visit Aylesford with whom they had a close encounter earlier in the season.