Heath beats Park at last gasp

This was a full-blooded confrontation and Haywards Heath greeted their last play winning try with great delight – it puts them firmly in the box seat for a play off place at least, and with almost a month without a game they must have been champing at the bit.


Charlton Park, battle-weary after barely a day off since the new year, had gone into the lead with ten minutes left of a topsy-turvy match after a penalty try, but had a penalty reversed in the last seconds and Heath to their credit took maximum advantage, breaking through some half-hearted defence to score under the posts.

Although they were full of commitment Park thoughts are also understandably on the forthcoming cup encounter with Old Colfeians and their hopes for that took a mighty blow after half an hour when influential back row Jake Conway hobbled off with a serious knee injury .

It just added further disappointment to a day when they could have some reason for suspecting they did not quite get the rub of the green, but that is not to take anything away from a determined performance from their visitors, clearly focused on promotion.

Luke ahead

Park, in fact, played well, particularly in the second half when their scrum dominance began to get some reward and as Luke Boyns established dominance in the line out, aided by Adam Neale’s throwing. Skipper Terry Read was less forgiving, however, demanding more from the defence after some promising recent displays.

winger with ball under arm


The visitors took the lead early on with a try which was initiated just when Charlton appeared on the verge of scoring themselves. A hand blocked a pass, possibly a scoring pass, but it was deemed backwards and Heath scooped up the loose ball and went almost the length of the field.

try scored



Park’s equalising try came from a clever piece of winger’s finishing from Vaki Antoniou, leaving a trail of would-be tacklers in his wake as he swerved and drove to the corner.