Impact Performance National Conference League Division 1 Heworth kept themselves in contention for an automatic promotion place with an emphatic 50-0 success over basement side Thornhill Trojans on a rain soaked pitch at Elmpark Way. In an occasional scrappy encounter the Villagers made light of the wet conditions with some impressive handling which produced three tries in the opening quarter of an hour for a 14-0 lead. Two further touchdowns put them 26-0 ahead at the break and they went on to cross the whitewash on five more occasions in the second period to record a well deserved victory.
Heworth signalled their intentions early and went in front after five minutes when a quick shift to the right created space for young winger Alfie Lindsey to crash over in the corner for an unconverted score. Five minutes later hooker Harley Axe sent centre Billy Sturdy striding through a gap in the visitors defence to touch down and fellow centre Tyler Craig added the extras. On the quarter hour mark Sturdy again exposed the Trojans left edge to register his second effort to put the hosts 14-0 ahead. The next 15 minutes became a scrappy affair with the visitors attempting to slow the game down with some dubious tactics which led to a number of altercations and things came to a head on 31 minutes when Trojans scrum half Joel Gibson was dismissed for a high tackle. The Villagers took full advantage of the extra man just four minutes later when substitute Jack Sadler put benchman Luke Prenty over close to the posts before slotting the conversion and three minutes before the break full back Fraser West was the provider for second rower Liam Richmond to charge in for their fifth try. Sadler again added the two pointer for a 26-0 half time lead.
The Black and Whites kept up the pressure at the start of the second period and after just five minutes a sublime handling movement led to wingman Adam Dent going in at the left corner. Ten minutes later an identical play saw Dent double his tally with the final pass coming from a neat offload by Craig to put them out of sight at 34-0. After a lull in proceedings the hosts were still able to finish with a flourish and on 72 minutes West put Sturdy in for his hat trick score before three minutes later Sadler and Axe combined to send scrum half Liam Jackson striding over under to the posts for stand-off Ben Dyson-Dent to improve. With three minutes remaining Richmond crossed for his second and Heworth's tenth try which was converted by substitute George Elliott to complete the rout.
An excellent performance by Harley Axe, particularly in defence, earned him the Villagers Man of the match award
Heworth will be anticipating a much tougher task on Friday evening when fifth placed Stanningley are the visitors to Elmpark Way. Kick off 7.30p.m