Decade-long wait for home rugby league match ends in victory for Hemsworth

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Hemsworth Arts and Community College hosted its first rugby league game for a decade and tasted success as its team beat Shafton ALC 56-6.

The college’s rugby league team was formed at the start of the academic year after going ten years without competitive rugby league action.

Mark Barlow was the man charged with building the team from scratch and Hemsworth showcased their big strides forward with a freescoring victory in freezing conditions - their first since formation.

The hosts were in control from the off and prop forwards Adam Howe and Tim Ward both collected four tries apiece.

Captain Cameron Sharp bossed the team around the park and bagged one try and eight conversions to secure man of the match honours.

Jayden Whymark, playing at centre, capped off a fine performance by crashing over the line following a 60 metre break.

Hemsworth will be looking to continue their good form when they host last year’s Yorkshire finalists, and near neighbours, Minsthorpe Academy on Monday, March 25.

Parents, guardians and family members are welcome to attend and offer their support to the team.