Errors cost Rishworthians dear

Kurt Sutcliffe
Kurt Sutcliffe

Bradford Salem 38 Old Rishworthians 3

Five minutes of first half chaos set Rishworthians on the way to defeat in a Yorkshire Two match, which up to then they had dominated.

They might have scored two or three tries in the first 25 minutes, but their finishing was not clinical enough and they were made to pay.

First, missed tackles in midfield let the home side in for a converted try and then Rishworthians went completely to pieces and a second converted try was run in wide out.

That five-minute period was the visitors’ undoing and they never really recovered, although fullback Joe Billing narrowed the deficit with a penalty just before the break.

Rishworthians had opened the game well, completely dominating the set scrums and winning two against the head.

They almost scored wide out from a quickly taken penalty then flanker Chris Dyson showed great strength but was just held as he threatened to score.

In the first quarter Rishworthians looked as though they were not missing the four biggest men in their regular pack, but in the end it told, particularly in the second half.

Salem brought on replacements to strengthen their front row and counteract the Rishworthian dominance and then the visitors suffered a major blow when player-coach Damian Ball had to go off injured, but replacement, teenager Alex Kindred, almost got in from fullback.

They wind was a feature of the game, blowing directly downfield and when left wing Anthony Shoesmith looked favourite to touch down from a kick through, it took it over the dead ball line.

But the game totally changed with Rishworthians’ five minutes of mayhem.

They went into the second half trailing 14-3 and as the gale became even stronger, found it virtually impossible to get out of their own half.

Although they defended well with prop Reuben Pollard and lock Callum Heseltine outstanding, a score became inevitable as the home stand-off dived through from close range for a converted try.

After that Salem took charge. A forward drive rumbled over in the corner and the Salem stand-off spotted a gap for his second converted try.

A last try in corner finished off the visitors, although they ended the game on the attack.

Rishworthian seconds lost 19-6 at Copley also to Bradford Salem. Josh Kelly got their points with two penalties.