In Impact Performance National Conference League Division 1 Heworth, despite a det
ermined and spirited effort, slipped to a 22-10 defeat at the hands of league leaders West Bowling at Elmpark Way. The Villagers trailed 22-6 at the break after the visitors were quick to capitalise on a number of basic errors to post three tries in the opening 28 minutes for a 16-0 lead from which the hosts were never able to recover. Heworth upped the intensity in an attritional second period and prevented the Bradford outfit from adding to their tally whilst registering the only points of the half with a try in the 65th minute but it proved too little too late and the visitors deservedly returned home with the spoils. Showery rain prior to kick off made for a greasy surface which made handling and ball control difficult for both sides but it was the hosts who paid the price for a number of early mistakes and on the quarter hour mark they failed to deal with a long kick downfield and visitors wingman Lewis Taylor followed up to touch down in the left corner for an unconverted score. Five minutes later Taylor went over for his second try which was converted by loose forward Harry Williams and things looked ominous for the Villagers when scrum half Liam Darville added a third effort, goaled by stand-off Liam Coe for a 16-0 lead. Five minutes later Heworth responded by creating some pressure of their own and after taking advantage of a six again set of tackles centre George Elliott stepped his way over to score and stand-off Danny Allan added the extras to reduce the deficit to ten points. It looked like remaining that way but right on the stroke of half time Bowling second rower Aiden Scully added their fourth touchdown which was improved by Williams to make it 22-6.
Heworth came out with renewed intent in the second period which turned out to be an attritional and often niggly affair in which they produced a dogged defensive effort to keep the visitors scoreless but it wasn't until the 65th minute that Allan went over direct from acting half back to make the final score 22-10.
Centre Tyler Craig took the Villagers man of the match award with second rower Liam Richmond and loose forward Ben Dyson-Dent in close contention. Heworth will be looking to bounce back next Saturday when they travel to St Helens to face Pilkington Recs. Kick off 2.30p.m. Dave Ward Heworth ARLFC