Heeks forgets a turbulent summer thanks to Park's push to success

Get out the way: Matt Heeks charges through the Cambridge lines on his way to scoring, as Steve Hamilton (right) looks on David Whittam

Touchdown: Park winger Charlie Broughton goes over for one of his two tries in the National League One win at Cambridge David Whittam

Breakthrough: Sam Katz charges forward in Park's victory over Cambridge David Whittam

Kicking for points: Steve Hamilton aims for between the posts David Whittam

First published in Sport Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Editor

After a turbulent summer, Rosslyn Park’s Matt Heeks is enjoying a new lease of life at Priory Lane.

The scrum half left Championship outfit London Scottish  after falling out of favour and had to drop a level to find regular first team rugby with Park in National League One.

However, having started in every league game so far this season – scoring two tries and helping Park to fifth in the table, Heeks is happy again.

The 24-year-old is also helping Park rewrite the record books as Saturday’s 32-14 win was their first ever at Cambridge.

Heeks said: “I am pleased with how things are going, we’ve got a really good bunch of lads here and they are all gelling very well.

“I could not be happier. I’ve started every game this season. It is good to be back playing and I am enjoying my rugby again.

“I’m learning new things all the time as well because the coaches here are first class.”

Park controlled Cambridge and the match from start to finish, with Charles Broughton’s brace of tries added to by Hugo Ellis, debutant Sam Katz and Dom Shabbo.

And Heeks believes Park have the strength in depth to build on the convincing win when  Coventry visit Priory Lane on Saturday.

He added: “There were about eight changes for the Cambridge match and that just shows how strong the squad is.

“We have slipped up on a couple of occasions – especially against Cinderford – and Jan [Bonney, head coach] has been using training to change a couple of things and stop those silly mistakes that can affect a game.

“In the draw against Cinderford, those mistakes cost us points. That was disappointing. But we spoke about the Cambridge game during the week and we knew that if we did our jobs we should win.”

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