On Saturday 8 February Heworth continued their preparations for the new campaign in National Conference League Division 3 with a friendly fixture at home to Yorkshire Mens League Division 2 outfit Farnley Falcons and after a stuttering start finally ran out winners by 38-28. Whilst it provided a good "blow out" for all the players it produced all you would expect from a pre season contest with mistakes a plenty by both sides. The Villagers struggled throughout to maintain any fluency in attack, particularly in the first half but after trailing 24-22 at the break an improved display in the second period enabled them to exert their authority and come out on top. Heworth were not at full strength, lacking several regular players from last seasons side which gave Coach Scott Rhodes the opportunity to field three young debutants in Myles Harrison, A J Towse and Luke Kane.
The visitors started much the stronger and went ahead after only two minutes with an interception try by scrum half Ben Rushworth converted by prop Adam Lockwood and then doubled their lead three minutes later when the Heworth defence failed to deal with a grubber kick close to the line and hooker Sorrel Kidd pounced to score. Lockwood again improved to make it 12-0. The Villagers hit back on 14 minutes when stand off George Elliott put second rower Liam Watling over for an unconverted try before strong running Falcons second rower Ben Smith charged over for another Lockwood goaled effort to put them 18-4 ahead. Heworth however got themselves back into contention after 23 minutes when debutant hooker Jack Carling forced his way over direct from acting half and was followed five minutes later by Elliott who crossed from close range. Full back Harrison added the extras to both scores to reduce the deficit to two points. Six minutes from the break Farnley stand off Zak Coulson added their fourth touchdown again converted by Lockwood before right on the stroke of half time Heworth winger A J Towse snapped up a loose ball and jinked his way over the line for an excellent try and Harrison tagged on the goal to make it 24-22 to the visitors. The Falcons continued to give a good account of themselves in the second period but Heworth began to show glimpses of last seasons impressive form and gradually began to exert their authority and on 52 minutes second rower Joe Deighton shrugged off several defenders to blast his way over from thirty metres out. Harrison converted and three minutes later Deighton added a second effort following a blockbusting run by substitute Liam Sharples. With quarter of an hour remaining the Villagers produced some trademark slick handling which led to centre James Gill crossing in the right corner and Harrison completed the scoring with a fine touchline conversion. The visitors however had the last word when second rower Connor Lye touched down five minutes from time to make the final score 38-28.
The A team also entertained their counterparts from Farnley Falcons and a strong performance saw them post eleven tries to record a 60-0 success. Liam Braithwaite led the way with three touchdowns and others came from Jose Connell (2), Keenan Rushworth, Cameron Gledhill, Mike Welsh, Ricky James, Josh Poulter and Matt Withers. James kicked seven conversions and Gary Watkinson one.