In National Conference League Division 3 Heworth travelled to Oldham St Annes and came away with a hard earned 6-6 draw. It was a tough uncompromising encounter played on a narrow greasy pitch, in testing conditions made worse by continuous rain throughout the second period, which made handling difficult. Each side put in strenuous efforts to gain supremacy and the game could have gone either way but in the end it was a determined defensive display which earned them both a share of the spoils.
The hosts led 4-0 at the break with a try after five minutes by hooker Callum Fletcher. Heworth started the second half strongly by exerting extreme pressure on the home line with several repeat sets of six tackles and their efforts paid off on 53 minutes when substitute Liam Jackson darted over from close range and winger Myles Harrison slotted the conversion to nudge them two points in front. With quarter of an hour remaining Saints stand off Luke Skilling levelled the contest with a penalty goal. In a nail biting frantic final period both teams battled manfully to create one final match winning opportunity and it was the hosts who came the closest with two drop goal attempts drifting wide but neither side was able to break the deadlock.
Loose forward Liam Richmond was Villagers man of the match with second rower Fergus Chapman and Harrison also catching the eye.
(photo credit - Paul Lister)