23 Sep 2018 in News
Heworth 30 vs 16 Cutsyke Raiders
Heworth crowned a superb season in Yorkshire Mens League Division 1 by lifting the top four championship play off trophy with a 30-16 victory over Cutsyke Raiders in a close fought encounter at Featherstone Rovers LD Nutrition Stadium. The Villagers who were not at their fluent best led 14-12 at the break and were made to work extremely hard for their success by a tough Raiders outfit. The second half proved a real war of attrition which remained scoreless for 27 minutes until Heworth finally exerted their authority by posting three tries in the closing period to ensure the trophy was on its way to Elmpark Way.
The Villagers playing uphill were first on the scoreboard after eight minutes when loose forward Liam Watling snapped up a rebound from a kick by scrum half Liam Jackson to cross for the opening try which was converted by stand off Ben Dent. On 26 minutes they doubled their advantage with Watling forcing his way over from close range and Dent again adding the extras. Cutsyke responded six minutes later with a touchdown by substitute Kavan Griffin goaled by full back James Cryer. Two minutes prior to the break Dent edged Heworth eight points in front with a penalty goal before the Raiders got themselves right back into the match when centre Jonathan Harvey barged his way over in the closing seconds for a try improved by stand off Gavyn Lightowler to make it 14-12.
The second half proved to be a tense struggle with both sides striving for superiority but with Heworth failing to complete their sets and unable to find any rhythm it was the Raiders who dominated possession and field position in the opening quarter. The Villagers though somehow managed to keep them at bay with some stoic defending and the match remained in the balance right up until the 67th minute when the deadlock was finally broken after the Black and Whites worked their way downfield and full back George Elliott sent second rower Fergus Chapman stretching out over the line to touch down. Fellow second rower Joe Deighton's conversion attempt bounced back of the upright. The momentum was now with the York side and three minutes later Elliott settled their nerves even further by muscling his way past several defenders to score and Dent tagged on the goal to make it 24-12. Cutsyke though were not done and rallied strongly to produce a consolation try for lively hooker and man of the match Jack Lees two minutes from time but the Villagers had the last word in the dying seconds with some trademark slick handling leading to centre Adam Dent crossing in the left corner and sibling Ben's touchline conversion putting the icing on the cake.
Watling was man of the match for Heworth along with strong performances by prop Jonny Cambridge, winger Lewis Worthington and consistent hooker Dave Hayes.