In Impact Performance National Conference League Division 1 Heworth bounced back from two narrow defeats to get their season up and running with an excellent 34 -12 win at Stanningley. It was a solid, cohesive team performance which saw them re-discover much of the fluency which had been lacking in previous matches and this, combined with a determined goal line defensive effort paved the way for their success.
The Villagers, who were never behind in the match led 16-12 at the break and then went on to post three unanswered converted tries in the second period to complete an outstanding and well deserved victory. Heworth signalled their intentions early and went in front after just four minutes when winger Adam Dent finished off a dart down the blind side by full back Fraser West to go over in the left corner for an unconverted try. Six minutes later they increased their advantage with stand off Danny Allan sending second rower Tyler Craig striding through a gap to score. Hooker Jack Sadler added the extras. The visitors kept up the pressure and were looking unstoppable after sixteen minutes when Dent crossed for his second touchdown on the left edge after a quick shift from the right and a long cut out pass from Allan caught the home defence napping. Sadler's fine touchline conversion put them 16-0 ahead. The hosts though then produced their best spell of the match after taking advantage of a mounting penalty count in their favour they got themselves back into contention with tries by winger Dylan Macandrew, second rower Jack Sykes and substitute Glenn Metcalfe to reduce the deficit to four points at the break. Heworth came out for the second period with renewed intent and a steely determination to get the job done and their efforts were rewarded with only three minutes on the clock when Sadler scooted away from acting half back before being hauled down short of the line. From the ensuing play the ball a swift handling movement exposed Stanningley's left edge and centre George Elliott powered over for an excellent score. Sadler again stroked over the conversion from wide out to make it 22-12. On 57 minutes the Villagers tightened their grip on the contest when scrum half Liam Jackson put second rower Tom Barron over for another Sadler goaled effort. There was still work to be done though with the hosts continuing to exert strong pressure on the visitors line but some resolute defending kept them at bay and with quarter of an hour remaining the Black and Whites struck the final blow when Allan and Craig combined to send Jackson storming over for a well worked try. Man of the match Sadler slotted his fifth conversion to round off a superb afternoon for the Villagers. Next week Heworth travel to Dewsbury to face Thornhill Trojans. Kick off 2.30p.m.