January 3 would see the return of the Highlanders for the second half of the season in a return fixture against The Highlanders.
The first clash between the Highlanders and Blackheath saw two very strong outfits battle a full 80 minutes at the Richmond Athletic Ground with the Scots prevailing.
This second encounter away from home would be no different.
Both teams from the kick-off would test each other in the tackle and breakdown area with huge hits coming from both sides but Blackheath would draw first blood in the 10th minute from a loose ball from the back of a scrum, making the score 7- 0 to the hosts.
It wouldn't be long before Blackheath ran in another following some miss tackles by the Highlanders which pushed Blackheath 12-0 ahead.
After the second try the Highlanders got back on track, starting to breakdown Blackheath's defence with hard running lines and doggedness at the breakdown.
Highlanders would score their first try in the 24th minute but couldn’t add the extra points.
The game at half-time stood at 12 – 5.
The second half would see a much stronger performance by the Highlanders as they would set up camp in the opposition’s territory for pretty much all of the half.
The Highlanders got over the try line three times but the referee said there was no clear indication that the ball was grounded much to the annoyance of the Highlanders.
The scrum was a key aspect of the Highlanders game on a cold and wet day as their power and supremacy from the forwards was unchallenged by Blackheath.
However it was Blackheath who eventually secured the match 20-10 meaning it was one apiece between the sides this season.
Highlanders squad v Blackheath.
1.Maurice Nwakor, 2. Charlie Currie, 3. Stewart Maguire, 4. Tai Tuisamoa, 5. Clarke Smith, 6. Louie Sutherland, 7. Alex Brown, 8. Ian Brooks, 9. Ben Calder, 10. Harvey Young, 11. Daley Aremu, 12. Joe Coleman, 13. Mike Doneghan, 14. Ewan Robertson, 15. Nathan Adu, 16. James Parker, 17. Dan Neal, 18. Josh Gain
Forthcoming Home Fixtures
Saturday, January 10, 2pm kick-off, MMT2, The Kilts v Ealing Amateurs 2s
Saturday, January 10, 1pm kick-off, MMT3, Extra B’s v Old Streetonians
Saturday, January 17, Shield 1, Highlanders v Barnes (kick-off tbc)
Saturday, January 24, Shield 1, Highlanders v Old Albanians (kick-off tbc
Saturday, January 24, Shield 3, Claymores v Chinnor (kick-off tbc)
Saturday, January 31, MMT2, The Kilts v HAC3, (kick-off tbc)
Saturday, January 31, MMT3, Extra Bs v Feltham 2s in MMT3 (kick-off tbc)