Blackheath brought crashing back down to earth

James Hallam - Hull Ionians v Blackheath at Brangtingham Park (Brangtingham Park, Brough, UK) on the 20th Jan 2018, London, United Kingdom. Pic by Helen Watson

By Graham Cox

Blackheath were brought crashing back down to earth with a bump as they followed up an emphatic victory over National League 1 leaders Coventry with a 32-21 loss at Hull Ionians on Saturday.

Club had a gift of a start as Jake Lloyd snatched a pass being fired along the Ionians’ back line to sprint away for a 7-0 lead.

Geoff Griffiths’ attempt to pull the ball towards him close to the Club goal-line resulted in it being swatted forward and directly into touch, and with Blackheath temporarily reduced in number, Hull had the space to launch a move down the right flank, Joe Allott levelling the score on 10 minutes.

Markus Burcham’s neat pass following line-out ball sent Harry Bate on an arcing 50-metre run to the goal-line at the end of the opening quarter, but sandwiching the try were two well-struck penalties from Ionians’ fly-half Greg Lound.

James Sanderson crashed over out wide for a deserved 18-14 advantage for the hosts at half-time.

Joe Tarrant – Hull Ionians v Blackheath at Brangtingham Park (Brangtingham Park, Brough, UK) on the 20th Jan 2018, London, United Kingdom – Pic by Helen Watson

Joe Tarrant dummied and squirmed through the defensive line to release Leo Fielding for the Club’s third try, and just for a moment there was hope that the visitors had rekindled the previous week’s form.

Needless penalties were Blackheath’s downfall and James Tincknell touched down – Lound adding the conversion for a 25-21 lead.

Wilson rounded the defence for a fourth try, ensuring the Yorkshiremen’s first victory since November.

Blackheath return to Well Hall on Saturday to take on Birmingham Moseley (3pm).

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