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Heworth ARLFC

Kells 12 vs 34 Heworth. NCL Premier Division round 12. 15/6/24.

In the National Conference League Premier Division Heworth returned to winning ways after making the first of three long journeys to Whitehaven and registering an excellent and much needed 34-12 success over Kells. The Villagers led 12-6 at the break and despite the hosts levelling the match at 12-12 just nine minutes into the second half they went on to post four unanswered tries to complete a convincing victory.

Heworth had the perfect start with the hosts turning over possession from the opening kick off they went in front in the second minute with a try by hooker Harley Axe converted by scrum half Jack Sadler. The Villagers kept up the pressure for the next half hour and went close on several occasions but were unable to turn it into points before finally on 33 minutes their persistence was rewarded when a quick shift to the left led to stand off Danny Allan bursting through a gap close to the line and despite the attention of a couple of defenders forcing his way over to touch down. Sadler again added the extras to double the advantage to 12-0. Kells though responded immediately when the visitors were gifted possession from the from the re-start, they capitalised on the error with a touchdown by centre Harry Watson goaled by full back Ross Gainford to reduce the deficit to 12-6 at half time.

The hosts came out firing at the start of the second period and reduced the deficit after only two minutes with an unconverted try by substitute Nathan Clark. It all looked ominous for Heworth when the momentum seemed to shift in favour of the hosts and just seven minutes later Gainford slotted a penalty goal to restore parity at 12-12. The Villagers though were not about to lie down and regained the initiative on 56 minutes when Allan replicated his first half effort to cross for his second touchdown. It got even better for the Black and Whites on the half hour mark when the stand off turned provider to send winger George Burton striding away to cross on the right edge and debutant centre Francis Coggle added the extras to make it 22-12. Heworth were now firmly in control and five minutes later they produced the best try of the match when the hosts failed to gather an attacking kick from Allan who followed up to snap up possession and hand on to Burton who raced away and drew the full back before sending the supporting Axe over to cross for his second score. Coggle tagged on the two-pointer to put them out of sight at 28-12. With just four minutes left on the clock centre George Elliott put the icing on the cake for the Villagers after muscling his way over for their sixth and final touchdown and Coggle's third conversion completed an impressive afternoon for the jubilant visitors.

Danny Allan was voted Man of the Match for the Villagers.

Next Saturday Lock Lane are the visitors to Elmpark Way. Kick off 2.30p.m.

Match report- Dave Ward.


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