Ball’s delight as Rishies march on at the top

Old Rishworthians coach Damian Ball has admitted last weekend’s 55-10 thrashing of Modernians was “over and above” his expectations.

The win in Leeds was the first of four Yorkshire Three games Ball targeted to put his side - who are now 11 points clear at the top of the league ladder - firmly in the promotion driving seat.

And the former Halifax RL coach now wants more of the same when Hemsworth arrive at Copley tomorrow afternoon.

“To win by that kind of margin was over and above what we’d expected,” said Ball, who had a short playing stint with Modernians last year.

“We did play very well at a venue which is a very difficult place to go to.

“For 20 minutes or so it was quite an even game but once we got the ball moving we played some quite expansive rugby.

“Results elsewhere didn’t really go for us, but we just need to keep on kicking on and doing what we have been doing.”

Hemsworth are an unknown quantity for Ball, but he emphasised the danger of complacency creeping into Rishworthians’ approach.

“They look to be going okay, but I think every team we play now is going to be looking for a scalp; we are up there to be shot at now,” he said.

“We have got to stay on top of our game, otherwise we will get found out.

“This is a big month and it’s crucial we stay focused.”