Old Rishworthians 25 Burley 6
Rishworthians put in their poorest performance of the season, but it was still good enough to secure maximum points and stretch their lead at the top of Yorkshire Three to 24 points.
They had to come from behind against a spirited Burley side but had enough to control most of the second half.
Up to then it was anybody’s game with the visitors looking the most likely, especially after securing a six-point lead.
With players missing in the front five, Rishworthians found it difficult to get a foothold. The team as a whole made too many mistakes, gave away too many penalties and showed at times some woeful passing.
They went behind to an early penalty and then might have scored through left wing Anthony Shoesmith only to be called back for a forward pass.
The visitors kicked another goal as the penalty count against Rishworthians mounted, until at last they got it wide successfully and Shoesmith broke through a tackle and darted into the corner to touch down.
The Copley men came out in the second half trailing 6-5, but soon took the lead thanks to man of the match, flanker Chris Dyson, who burst through to touch down after a quickly taken penalty.
Rishworthians started to run the show, but poor passing let them down and allowed their opponents to hold them out.
The home side were growing more and more frustrated due to their own errors and some excellent defensive work by the visitors.
Eventually though they relaxed a little after Aaron Canning finally found his kicking boots following several unsuccessful attempts and increased the lead to 13-6 with a penalty.
Dyson then sealed the match for the home side with a brilliant solo effort, breaking first one then a second tackle in a 50-yard run to score his second and the club’s 100th try of the season to take the score to 18-6.
Finally Rishworthians turned on the style they showed in the early part of the season to earn a bonus point with a fine piece of rugby.
At last they got the ball wide with Shoesmith and centre Luke Flanagan interpassing before the centre cruised in under the posts.
Canning added the conversion, but a spirited Burley side came back strongly. As they pressed hard for a try Canning went for the interception, but his knock-on was adjudged deliberate and he had to sit out the rest of the game after being yellow carded.
Rishworthians though had done enough to score four tries and record another bonus point, despite a poor performance.