Plant calls time on his Heath stint

Halifax Courier - - Sport -

Kevin Plant, the long­est serv­ing head coach at Calderdale’s six rugby union clubs, has stepped down af­ter nine sea­sons at Heath. The North Dean club gave the for­mer York­shire stand-off a win­ning send-off by beat­ing Hul­len­sians 26-17 away in York­shire One last Satur­day.

Plant was ap­pointed direc­tor of rugby at the club for the 2006/2007 sea­son with a re­mit to gain pro­mo­tion from York­shire Two.

Heath claimed the run­ners-up slot be­hind Selby in Plant’s first sea­son and have had eight sea­sons in York­shire One since.

The firsts have played 221 league games un­der Plant, win­ning 105, drawing six and los­ing 110.

Heath spokesman Tom Wal­ton said Plant de­served a big thank you for help­ing to es­tab­lish Heath as a club with a lot of ad­mir­ers.

“Dur­ing his time we have seen many changes both on and off the field but he has main­tained great dig­nity through­out and has been a credit to the club.”

In su­perb con­di­tions at Hul­len­sians, Heath were boosted by an early try from Dom Walsh, con­verted by Ezra Hinch­liffe.

The Heath pack earned a penalty for Hinch­liffe to make it 0-10 but Shel­drake was sin­binned and the hosts pulled back three points.

Heath de­fended well, helped by sev­eral huge clear­ances from Hinch­liffe, who then re­stored Heath’s 10-point lead

Hul­len­sians had a player yel­low carded for punch­ing and Walsh scored his sec­ond try for an 18-3 in­ter­val lead,.

Heath were put un­der the cosh and a con­verted try put the hosts back in the game.

Hinch­liffe made it 10–21 on 48 min­utes but Hul­len­sians broke down the wing, scored in the cor­ner and added an ex­cel­lent con­ver­sion.

Ja­cob Storey’s try on 66 min­utes made the game safe be­fore a scrappy end­ing.

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