HEWORTH ARLC extended their unbeaten run to nine matches by inflicting a crushing 56-10 defeat on Eastmoor Dragons at Elmpark Way.

The Villagers remain fifth in Kingstone Press National Conference League division three but are keeping pace nicely with the leading four teams, just one point behind behind Dewsbury Celtic with a game in hand.

After a stuttering first half, Heworth led 14-10 at the break - but once they got into their stride in the second period, the result was never in doubt and they went on to post seven unanswered converted tries to completely overwhelm the Wakefield outfit.

There was a hat-trick of tries apiece for full-back George Elliott and man-of-the-match centre Gareth Watson - his second in successive weeks.

Heworth signalled their intentions after only four minutes when scrum-half Liam Jackson put up a towering bomb which came down close to the line. A crunching follow-up tackle from second-rower Joe Deighton dislodged the ball from the defender's grasp and Watson pounced to touch down.

Five minutes later, Elliott went over to score following a slick passing movement down the right flank and stand-off Ben Dyson-Dent added the conversion to put them 10 points in front.

The Villagers, full of confidence, continued to attack but a tendency to be over-creative led to a number of unforced errors and, on 18 minutes, the Dragons hit back with an unconverted try by centre Luke Peel.

Eight minutes later, Heworth restored their advantage when some good handling led to Watson crossing for his second try before the visitors again responded four minutes from the break. Substitute forward Lewis Kear barged his way over from close range and veteran stand-off Ady Mulcahy goaled to make it 14-10.

That was as good as it got for Eastmoor though as the Black and Whites totally dominated the second period with Watson notching his hat-trick score, which Dyson-Dent improved on 43 minutes.

Five minutes later centre James Morland broke through on the halfway line and found Dyson-Dent up in support to race away and touch down for sibling winger Adam Dent to add the extras.

On the hour mark, second-rower Liam Watling and Dent combined to send Elliott in for his second try and on 65 minutes prop Liam Richmond crossed after shrugging off several defenders in a 45-metre run to the line. Dyson-Dent goaled both efforts to put the hosts out of sight at 38-10.

The rampant Villagers were still not finished, however, and went on to add three more touchdowns in the final 12 minutes from Jackson, Elliott for his hat-trick and Morland, who had made a 70-metre run. Substitute Charlie Magill, loose forward Adam Speck and winger James Gill added the conversions.

In NCL Alliance League, Heworth 'A' - fielding five players from their under-18 squad - recorded an excellent 26-10 victory at Thornhill Trojans 'A'.

The Villagers' tries came from man-of-the-match Brad Ward (2), Ben Barnard (2), Jamie Price and Leon Watkinson, who also added a conversion.

Fourth-placed in Yorkshire Men's League division two, York Acorn 'A' lost 30-16 at leaders Wyke.