After two frustrating weeks of postponed matches due to a waterlogged pitch Heworth finally got their National Conference League Division 3 campaign under way with a convincing 50-12 victory over Barrow based visitors Askam at Elmpark Way. The Villagers despite totalling ten tries produced a patchy performance typical of the opening game of the season but nevertheless they ultimately proved to possess far too much firepower for the gallant Cumbrian outfit.
It was the visitors though who were first on the scoreboard after seven minutes courtesy of an interception try by stand off Kier Shephard. Heworth levelled four minutes later when scrum half Danny Allan, on his return to the Club after a four year absence nipped over from close range for an unconverted score. On the quarter hour mark home loose forward Liam Richmond gave them a lead they were never to relinquish after blasting past several defenders on a sixty metre run to the line to touch down close to the posts for Allan to add the conversion. Five minutes later it was 14-4 after stand off George Elliott put 16 year old debutant winger A J Towse over in the right corner for an unconverted try. On 23 minutes prop Joe Deighton put the hosts further ahead after barging his way over for another Allan goaled effort before some slick handling led to centre Gareth Watson crossing wide out on the left flank. It was all one way traffic now and following a strong break by second rower Fergus Chapman on the half hour mark Richmond posted his second touchdown and Allan added the extras to give Heworth an unassailable 30-4 half time lead. Any hopes of a comeback by the visitors were soon extinguished four minutes into the second period when Allan notched another try which he improved himself. Askam though kept plugging away and were rewarded for their efforts after 49 minutes when full back Bradley Jackson weaved his way past the home defence to score. He also added the conversion along with a penalty goal immediately afterwards awarded for foul play in the act of scoring. The Villagers were soon back into their stride however and five minutes later another swift passing movement produced a try in the left corner for their second 16 year old debutant Myles Harrison. On 55 minutes Elliott forced his way over direct from acting half back and Allan goaled to make it 46-12. With the game in the bag Heworth then seemed to take their foot off the gas which resulted in them losing their shape and squandering a number of chances and it wasn't until the 72nd minute that Towse showed the visitors defence a clean pair of heels to race fifty metres down the right touchline and cross for his second touchdown to seal a comprehensive victory. Second rower Liam Watling took the Villagers man of the match award with Richmond and Towse in close contention.