Ball looking to extend lead at top of the ladder

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Rishworthians can put a significant gap between themselves and the chasing pack in Yorkshire Three with victory in tomorrow’s top of the table showdown at Thornesians.

The Copley side are currently top of the league ladder, with tomorrow’s hosts sitting in second three points behind.

“It’s a massive game for us,” said coach Damian Ball.

“If we could go there and win, that would give us a significant gap on everyone else, even so early in the season.

“We’re definitely up for the challenge; it’s meant to be a big, wide playing surface which should suit us.

“The lads are looking forward to it.”

Rishworthians warmed up with a clinical 61-5 home win over strugglers York RI last weekend, delivering Ball’s stated pre-match objective of a bonus point and a hefty boost to his side’s scoring difference.

“We played quite an expansive game and it worked for us,” said Ball.

“It was a bit disappointing to let them score to be honest, but we are going okay.

“Our aim at the start of the season was just to try and improve a little bit every week and at the moment we are doing that.

“Everyone’s working hard and it’s paying dividends for us.”

Ball expects to name a largely unchanged side for tomorrow’s encounter.

A victory for struggling Old Brodleians against bottom club Knottingley tomorrow could see them surge three places up Yorkshire One, depending on other results on the day.

But chairman Richard Turner says they heard from Ilkley officials following last Weekend’s 47-7 defeat that Knottingley are no pushovers.

Turner feels sure coach John Cole will be making several changes for the must win game and he hopes that captain and leader Luke Scrimshaw will return after his lengthy injury.

“John is working hard with them and we have played some decent rugby in patches but we are not playing as a team,” said Turner.

“We are good in the lineouts and scrummages, it is open play where it is breaking down.

“We are dropping off tackles and players are being isolated. All this is being worked on in the training sessions but we are not taking it forward with us into a game.

“I do hope Luke makes it for this one as we have badly missed his leadership.

“Last week we were beaten by another good side who have recruited well and will surely be in the mix for promotion.”

Bob Horne is running a player reunion lunch on Saturday. Cost is £8. Ring 01422 201269 or 07776 211891 to book.

Brods are waiving any admission charges for the re-arranged game with Heath on November 10, but will ask those attending to donate to a collection for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.