Thanet Wanderers 12 Heathfield 32: Greenies start New Year with bonus point win

Heathfield started the New Year with an away bonus point win against the team bottom in the league.

A patchy performance illustrated the team’s strengths and weaknesses. On a firm if claggy surface, Heathfield started strongly and after three minutes secure set piece possession gave Jamie Walsh a good position from which to chip through for Ollie Brown to collect and touch down in the left hand corner.

Ethan Walker converted impressively and generally kicked well all day, only missing once. A Walker penalty was followed by Heathfield’s next try on the half-hour, when a routine lineout catch and drive was exploited for Ollie Smith to be driven over in the right hand corner.

The second half started with a five-metre scrum that saw Damien Pestell touch down behind a dominant pack. While Walker missed the conversion he was successful shortly afterwards with a penalty. The bonus point try came with 10 minutes left when replacement Lee Vockins put the pacy Walsh in space.