YORK Acorn secured their first victory of the National Conference League season after seeing off Leigh Miners Rangers 30-6.

York had failed to win any of their first eight league matches heading into the Thanet Road clash and their prospects of ending such a duck did not appear to be bright in the early exchanges.

In only the second minute, Leigh's Louie Singleton went over and his try was converted by Sam Pilkington.

Those were the only points that Rangers managed however as the Acorn staged a stunning turnaround.

Jordan Potter's unconverted score cut the deficit to 6-4 at half time and in the second half, the hosts took full control.

A second Potter try was followed by finishes from Adam Speck, Antony Chilton, Luke Swales and Clayton Shepherdson as well as three Chilton conversions.

Josh Mortimer's side remain bottom of the premier division, however the gap to Egremont Rangers is now down to just one point.

Acorn visit Pilkington Recs on Saturday (2.30pm).

Meanwhile, Heworth returned to winning ways in division two by easing past Hunslet Warriors in a 40-24 victory.

Centre Gareth Watson marked his return from a long-term injury with a hat-trick to move Heworth only a point behind leaders Crosfields.

Watson's first try arrived after just three minutes in the left corner before Hunslet equalised through lively winger Tyler Dargan.

A couple of quick-fire scores, from four-goal-scorer George Elliott and York City Knights trialist Ben Barnard, reasserted Heworth's lead.

Elliott then notched his second try before Liam Watling strode through from Liam Jackson's pass.

The Warriors remained in the match as Dargan and fellow winger Jake Corney crossed, with Jordan Gale twice converting, before half time.

After the break, the Villagers kicked on as Watson completed his hat-trick. First, he touched down Elliott's kick before reaching his treble through a 40-metre dash to the line.

Prop Jonny Payne crashed over on the hour to round off Heworth's scoring. Late on, Hunslet hit consolation tries through Corney and Lloyd Templeton.

Next up for Heworth is a home clash with Woolston Rovers on Saturday (2.30pm).

Elsewhere, New Earswick All Blacks ended a three-match losing streak by beating East Hull 36-12.

Conor Iddon's two tries were supplemented by scores from Liam Gargan, Jack Stearman, Ewen Coverdale and Dean Smith. Conor Calam converted all six tries.

New Earswick return to the field on Thursday, May 26 at home to Doncaster Toll Bar.