HEWORTH Under-14s kicked off their 2009 campaign with a 56-4 victory away to Oulton Raiders in the first round of the Junior Challenge Cup.

They even had no substitutes, with five players unavailable, and had not played for two months, but concerns abated as they built an 18-0 lead after only five minutes.

From the kick off, the outstanding Elliot Bulmer ran the ball back strongly and passed to winger Jack Stewart, who scored the first of his two tries.

Jordan Potter scored five tries with a combination of speed and power, while stand-off Liam Jackson scored one of the tries of the year as he jinked past most of the Raiders team.

Bulmer and Luke Caddy scored a try apiece and provided the back bone of the Black and Whites’ defence, while Harry Deighton directed play from scrum-half and kicked eight goals.

Josh Poulter excelled at full-back and likewise Peter Clarke in his first-ever game at hooker. Ben Barker, probably the smallest player on the field, put in tackle after tackle, while the bigger Heworth pack dominated.

Heworth U18s only had 12 players for their game, and tiredness in the seocnd half allowed hosts Sheffield Hillsborough Hawks to rack up a 60-10 win – which was harsh on the York side.

Heworth started the game superbly, with Tom Hirst pwering through to give them the lead, Dan Craig converting, while second-rows Mark Plaxton and Dan Atkinson combined to send Craig over before the break to leave them still in the game, trailing 24-10.

However, their hard work in defence took its toll and Heworth were not helped by controversial refereeing calls and tackles.

Man of the match was scrum-half Craig Richardson, with stand-off Liam Ryan and Mark Plaxton also shining.

Selby Warriors Under-8/9s start pre-season training tomorrow at 10am in readiness for their summer season.

New players are welcome. Children in school Years 3 and 4 are eligible. For details, phone 01757 703030.

The Warriors are looking to start an U12s team and their first training session will take place on Wednesday, 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Boys in Years 6 and 7 are eligible, and anyone interested can phone 01977 663187 or 07800 585508.