Heathens Storm back to winning ways!
Comprehensive 39-20 home win against Ellingham and Ringwood sees Heathens bag 5 points,
Fareham Heathens bounced back from 2 disappointing results against USP & Fordingbridge to deliver a comprehensive 7 - 3 try win over Ellingham & Ringwood at Cams Alders today.
Captain Rob Impey
, in charge of his second game at the helm, was more than happy with the teams performance. "We had a clear understanding of what was expected and what we wanted to achieve and the boys delivered. There were a few 'patches' in the game where we wobbled a bit but everyone stuck at the task and bagging 5 points is just what we needed"
Heathens opened up their account on 10 minutes when from open play John Cole
received the ball on the left wing and after going on the outside and breaking several tackles powered over in the corner.
A few minutes later when the ball had been moved right then back left the ball was released right again for 10, Joe O'Logglen to punch through the defence to touch down as well as adding the extras.
The game was disrupted with a succession of injuries that culminated in 3 changes to the Ellingham line up and prop Josh Gander
, being replaced by Steve Compton
after a bad ankle injury.
Ellingham opened their account on 30 minutes after they gathered a knock on and scored their opening try.
Heathens hit back almost straight away from a lineout just inside the 22 when the ball was shifted back left and Fijian Inia Qiolevu powered through the defence to make it 17-5. Just as the half was coming to a close , on almost 50 minutes Elligham 12 slotted a penalty to reduce the deficit to 17-8 at the half time break.
Heathens pushed up into Ellingham territory early in the second half and following an infringement just outside the 5m line, scrum Half Dan Lee took a quick tap and slid over whilst everyone, including the Heathens wondered what had happened. O'Loghlen added the extras to make it 24-8. This just seemed to motivated the opposition and they worked back up field and crossed over for their second try from a 5m scrum, reducing the deficit to 24-15 and hanging on.
15 minutes into the second half back rower Inia Qiolevu stormed in again for his second of the game, but once again Ellingham bounced back following a fantastic line break from their 15 who stormed through the smallest of gaps in the Heathens back line to make it 29-20 1/2 hour into the second half.
Where in the previous week Heathens seemed to lose their shape there was none of this to be seen. A shift of the ball to John Cole
on the left wing inside his own half saw the winger outstrip the defence and cut inside, then outside the last man to score his second of the game.
Not long after the restart Heathens Captain and 13 Rob Impey
cut a line through the defence and a well timed pass to John Cole
on the left wing saw him once again beat the scrambling defence to bring up his well deserved hat trick.
Ellingham still had everything to play for as they knew one more try would give them one point. Heathens lost two forwards to Yellow cards for high tackles in the last five minutes and with Ellingham battering down in the 5m zone it seemed they would get some reward, only for 13 man Heathens to hold them out.
Final Score 39-20
Tight Head Prop and long time Heathen Corbin Farrell
turned in a Man of the Match performance.
DOR Bernie Rhodes said "we always knew we had this performance in us and it was great to the the lads take into the weekend all the hard work Head Coach Dave Wheaton
put in during the week. We have taken a tough home friendly fixture against Southampton Uni Medics next week to keep us sharp for our next League game away at Ventnor."