Alnwick lose at Heath in entertaining clash

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Alnwick saw their promotion hopes dashed with a 40-30 defeat at Heath.

It was the Greensfield outfit’s first ever visit to the Halifax side’s North Dean ground and what an entertaining game it proved.

The visitors got off to a good start when Evan Moir converted a penalty with their first foray into the Heath half on five minutes.

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The lead didn’t last long though with Heath scoring a try and conversion.

Alnwick once again bounced back and cut the deficit to one with another Moir penalty.

A Heath penalty made it 10-6 but Duncan Smith scored a try for Alnwick with Moir scoring the conversion to give the visitors a 13-10 lead.

Heath scored another converted try followed by a penalty to go 20-13 up but Alnwick hit back with a converted try, Hugh Todd touching down and Moir adding the extras.

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Just before the break, Heath were awarded a penalty try to go 27-20 ahead.

A penalty apiece made it 30-23 before Heath stretched their advantage with a converted try. A further penalty made it 40-23.

Alnwick were in no mood to surrender and scored a converted try to finish the scoring.

The defeat drops Alnwick to fourth in the table ahead of their final league game of the season at York on Saturday.

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Alnwick’s 2nd XV enjoyed an entertaining 50-25 win over Northern Wanderers and will also travel to York at the weekend.

The 3rd XV team were also in fine form, enjoying a 43-24 victory at home to Morpeth.

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