HEWORTH ARLC are hoping young scrum-half Leigh Rientoul can maintain his progress towards becoming a key man in the Elmpark Way ranks.

Rientoul, who played for York City Knights Academy last year, became the second Heworth player to break into double figures for tries this season, after player-coach Chris Smith, who is on 12.

He is also one of the few ever-presents this season, and will continue that record as the Villagers travel to Normanton Knights, where he will need to be on form if his side are to return with the National Conference division two spoils.

Club spokesman Ken Sykes: "He's had a fairly good season and he's certainly done well on the scoring front. He had been on nine tries for a bit of time but he got a good try last week and he's just behind Smithy in the scoring charts.

"We'll be needing a good performance from him this weekend because it's a tough game, and it can be quite an intimidating place to go."

The two sides drew 20-20 at Elmpark Way earlier in the season, since when Normanton have gone above Heworth in the standings, the Villagers having gone eight weeks without a win until last's week's triumph over Hull Isberg.

"Our draw with Normanton was probably a fair result and since then they've done fairly well," said Sykes.

"But hopefully we've got back on track after last week and we've got to be optimistic and go there thinking we can get a result."

Heworth A' entertain Normanton A' in Yorkshire League division three (ko 2pm).