In their first home game in Kingstone Press National Conference League Division 3 Heworth, fielding a much changed side due to injuries and unavailabilities went down 34-6 to Leigh East at Elmpark Way. The Villagers showed no lack of effort but a disjointedperformance saw them struggle throughout to penetrate the visitors defence. In addition their cause was not helped by the inability to control possession and the concession of too many needless penalties. The visitors on the other hand, superbly led by hooker and man of the match Jordan Hellam were quick to expose the home sides weaknesses and posted three tries in each half to run out comfortable winners.
The opening quarter hour was keenly contested with both sides striving to gain the ascendancy and it was Easts who finally broke the deadlock after 17 minutes with a try by full back Daniel Griffiths converted by Hellam. On 32 minutes Griffiths was over theline again and four minutes from the break Hellam put them firmly in control with a third touchdown and with the hooker goaling both scores the visitors led 18-0 at half time.
The second period followed a similar pattern with Heworth being unable to find any fluency and on 52 minutes Leigh went further ahead when Griffiths crossed for his hat trick score. On the hour mark stand off Adam Holland went over for their fifth try and Hellam added the extras to make it 28-0. On 68 minutes the Villagers finally showed a glimpse what they are capable of with centre Chris Lopez gathering a well directed crossfield kick by scrum half James Morland and putting debutant winger James Gill over in the corner. Stand off George Elliott tagged on a fine touchline conversion. The visitors though had the last word with Hellam going in for his second try to complete a personal tally of sixteen points and Holland improved to make it 34-6.
A strong performance by second rower Liam Watling earned him Heworth's man of the match award.