NEWSOME Panthers had their match against Ovenden sewn up within the first 20 minutes, and in what proved a very much one-sided game, they won 52-10 to stay third in Division II.
Despite missing five regular starters due to injury, Newsome got off to a blistering start as Jack Davies crossed after just three minutes, followed by Alex Chatterton after superb handling by the Newsome back line to race 10-0 up.
And Panthers continued to be dominant in the early exchanges and further tries from Ben Dawson and Austen Barrowclough, who crossed twice, ensured Ovenden were overrun.
After 15 minutes Newsome were 28-0 up before the visitors had even touched the ball in an attacking set.
Ovenden did hit back and crossed for a try, which seemed to stem the flow of Newsome attacks, but their hopes of a reprieve were shortlived as Panthers got straight back on the front foot as Barrowclough crossed for his third and Chatterton his second to give Newsome a commanding 40-4 half-time lead.
The second half was a lot tamer with Newsome taking their foot off the gas and a few errors creeping into their game, but they still managed to string some adventurous plays together and James Wallace crossed to make it 46-4.
Newsome’s defence was strong, led by Matthew Worrall with 23 tackles, but a momentary slip allowed the visitors to cross for another try before Worrall’s hard work in defence was rewarded with a bursting 60m run to score, ending the game in style and capping a very impressive Newsome display.