Memorable weekend of rugby at Haywards Heath

Haywards Heath (red and black) v Newick. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150702-164041001
Haywards Heath (red and black) v Newick. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150702-164041001

A fantastic weekend of rugby for Heath started with a crowded clubhouse on Friday night for the opening 6 Nations match in Rugby World Cup Year.

England v Wales is always an eagerly anticipated encounter and Heath turned the contest into a real event at the club introducing a new giant screen for watching all things rugby with the added draw of gourmet pies from local business the Humble Pie Company, washed down with pints from the bar (pictured).

Heath Clubhouse was full to bursting during Friday's international wales v England

Heath Clubhouse was full to bursting during Friday's international wales v England

An edge of the seat international was watched by well over 100 people who cheered on a famous England victory which featured two former Heath Colts Joe Marler and Billy Twelvetrees.

Bar Manager Charlie Fergusson was really pleased with how the evening went, “The Clubhouse was rammed and there was a fantastic atmosphere at what was the start of a great weekend of rugby for Heath”. All the England games will be screened LIVE at the clubhouse throughout the 6 Nations.

On Saturday Heath welcomed Newick to Whitemans Green looking to consolidate their position at the top of the table and build on their impressive 2015 form which saw them comfortably defeat Shoreham in their last fixture.

Heath tore into Newick from the whistle and gave the opposition no time to settle with aggressive play from the back row creating numerous opportunities for the home side which were clinically taken. So strong were Heath in probably their most comprehensive display of the season that Newick were 26-0 down within 20 minutes. Heath did not ease off and the speed and angles of running of their backs caused the visitors all sorts of problems and the scoreboard to tick over regularly.

Mark Newey presenting Player of the Month awards sponsored by The Tierney Wealth Consultant to Ewan Greaves-Smith and Robbie Fotheringham

Mark Newey presenting Player of the Month awards sponsored by The Tierney Wealth Consultant to Ewan Greaves-Smith and Robbie Fotheringham

There was more of the same in the second half and even playing up the hill made little difference to the attacking verve on display, with barnstorming runs coming from all players 1 through to 15.

In the face of such adversity many teams would have chucked in the towel but Newick continued to scrap and were rewarded with a penalty near the end of the match to ensure they did not remain scoreless.

A fantastic display from Heath showing the confidence and ambition borne out of a long winning streak.

Special mention to the hatrick of tries for Sam Galbraith who has recently returned to play for the club and also to Heath colt Jack Best who was awarded Man of the Match for another assured performance.

Heath now move on to the rearranged top of the table clash against old foes Midhurst who are in second position which will be played at Whitemans Green next weekend.

There is a lunch before the game to which all are welcome and the England v Italy game will be shown live in the clubhouse and shown again on repeat immediately after the match.

Following Saturday’s game Heath Chairman Mark Newey presented Player of The Month awards sponsored by The Tierney Wealth Consultancy for December and January to Ewan Greaves Smith and Robbie Fotheringham (pictured).

Heath seconds also played at home at the weekend. See how they got on in this week’s Mid Sussex Times.