HEWORTH returned from their two-week break in style as they defeated Kells 34-12 in the NCL Premier Division.

Making the first of three long journeys to Whitehaven, the Villagers led 12-6 at the break and despite the hosts levelling the match just nine minutes into the second half, went on to post four unanswered tries to complete a convincing victory.

Heworth made the perfect start with the hosts turning over possession from the kick-off.

And they needed no second invitation, opening the scoring in the second minute with a try by hooker Harley Axe converted by scrum-half Jack Sadler.

The Villagers kept up the pressure for the next half-hour and went close on several occasions but were unable to turn it into points.

That was until the 33rd minute, with their persistence rewarded when a quick shift to the left led to stand-off Danny Allan bursting through a gap close to the line and, despite the attention of a couple of defenders, forcing his way over to touch down.

Sadler again added the extras to double the visitors’ advantage to 12 points.

Kells though responded immediately when they were gifted possession from the restart, capitalising on the error with a touchdown by centre Harry Watson.

Full-back Ross Gainford added the extras to reduce the deficit to 12-6 at half time.

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The hosts came out firing at the start of the second period, pulling another four points back after only two minutes with an unconverted try by substitute Nathan Clark.

It all looked ominous for Heworth when the momentum seemed to shift in favour of the hosts and just seven minutes later Gainford slotted a penalty goal to restore parity at 12-12.

The Villagers though were not about to lie down and regained the initiative on 56 minutes when Allan replicated his first-half effort to cross for his second touchdown.

And things got even better for the Black and Whites on the hour-mark when the stand off turned provider to send winger George Burton striding away to cross on the right edge.

Debutant centre Francis Coggle, who spent the beginning of the season with York Knights, added the extras to make it 22-12.

Heworth were now firmly in control and five minutes later they produced the pick of the tries.

The hosts failed to gather an attacking kick from Allan who followed up to snap-up possession and hand over to Burton who raced away and drew the full-back before sending the supporting Axe over to cross for his second of the afternoon.

Coggle tagged on the two-pointer to put Scott Rhodes’ side out of sight at 28-12.

With just four minutes left on the clock centre George Elliott put the icing on the cake for the Villagers after muscling his way over for their sixth and final touchdown and Coggle’s third conversion completed an impressive afternoon for the jubilant visitors.

Danny Allan was voted as Heworth’s Man of the Match.

Next Saturday, Lock Lane are the visitors to Elmpark Way (2:30pm).