Poor second half proves costly for Rishworthians

Richard Mudd of Old Rishworthians against Keighley
Richard Mudd of Old Rishworthians against Keighley

Keighley 22 Old Rishworthians 3

Rishworthians saved their poorest display of the season for the second half of this Yorkshire Two game against a side they thrashed at Copley earlier in the season.

At half-time it was anybody’s game as the visitors went in trailing 7-3 to a converted try with almost the last act of the half.

In that first period their scrum looked solid, they defended well and looked dangerous with the ball in hand.

But, apart from the opening minutes of the second half, they went to pieces.

They were dominated in the loose, struggled to get out of their own half, were driven back when in possession and threw wild passes everywhere but to hand.

The visitors had started the game well, soaking up early pressure and then launching their own attacks.

They moved the ball about well and forced a penalty for fullback Joe Billing to give them a three-point lead.

They might have scored twice, but a reluctance to give the ball to the wing proved their undoing.

With 10 minutes to go in the first half, they survived three attempts at a catch and drive, with Fraser Swarbrooke finally being yellow carded. Even without him they held off three more attempts, before inevitably conceding a try.

Three minutes into the second period Swarbrooke returned to attempt a penalty in place of the injured Billing. From the restart after the unsuccessful kick, Rishworthians suddenly changed and started making mistake after mistake.

They became pinned down in their own half and conceded another converted try, the stand-off darting through after a strong forward drive.

A penalty added to Rishworthians’ woes as they seemed unable to get any cohesion to their play.

Near the end they gave away another try as a home forward burst through from a lineout to touch down.