Ball: It’s all in the mind for Rishies

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Old Rishworthians coach Damian Ball believes he is finally changing his side’s mentality after last weekend’s 36-33 win over Bradford Salem in Yorkshire Two.

A last gasp try from winger Rhys Town secured the Copley side’s second win of the season against a talented visiting side.

And that, coupled with steady improvement in recent weeks, is slowly convincing Ball that last year’s runaway Yorkshire Three winners are coming to terms with a higher level of rugby.

“I have always said I want us to have the attitude that every side in this league is beatable and I think the players are slowly getting that into their heads,” said Ball.

“We certainly deserved the win last weekend; we let a couple of soft tries in and bombed a couple of chances of our own, so the margin could have been a lot more convincing than it was.

“We had four or five front line players absent against a team most people expect to finish in the top four, but we still came up with the result which is a big step forward.

“We have good players here and if they turn up each week wanting to win, are intense and put the effort in from minute one to minute 80, then they have a good chance of getting results.”

Rishies’ away form, their Achilles heel so far, will be tested again tomorrow with a trip to Hullensians.

Ryan Mudd and captain Gary Morris are both unavailable, along with forward James Clarke.

Fraser Swarbrooke and Luke Flanagan, both missing last weekend, could return to the side.