Rhys is the talk of the town

Rishworthians celebrate their dramatic win over Salem
Rishworthians celebrate their dramatic win over Salem
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Old Rishworthians gained a dramatic but deserved 36-33 win over high-flying Yorkshire Two visitors Bradford Salem.

Teenage right winger Rhys Town touched down in the corner in the closing seconds to snatch victory.

There was just time for fullback Joe Billing to convert from the touchline to seal a success which included a four-try bonus point.

It had looked as though that victory might have been taken from their grasp with less than 10 minutes to go when a clearly unsighted referee missed a Salem knock-on.

The ball rebounded off Rishworthians to a Salem player and with the home side leaden-footed, expecting the whistle, he ran through to touch down and give his side a four-point lead.

In the final minutes, the Copley men battered the Salem line. No 8 Jioti Bakoso was adjudged held up while left wing Anthony Shoesmith completed a fine move after great work by Frank Watene, only for a forward pass to be declared.

Rishworthians were determined, though, and with seconds left the ball came out wide and Town squeezed over in the corner.

The game had begun badly for Rishworthians with the visitors attacking from the start.

Salem got an early converted try after a pick up from a scrum and then a forward drive.

The home side came back strongly and levelled things after a great run down the wing by Town, who had a fine game. The ball came inside and, after a clever pick-up, flanker Gerard Rollings flicked the ball to man of the match Bakoso for their first try.

Billing added the conversion and then was instrumental in the next score, putting a kick through for Shoesmith to run on and touch down wide out.

Salem hit back but several times Bakoso and Rollings stole the ball at the breakdown.

The two sides traded penalties before Salem stole a try, moving the ball to the wing after a strong tackle in the centre.

But on the stroke of half-time Billing levelled thescores at 18–18 with his second penalty.

In a great start to the second period Watene almost got over. The ball then went wide and with the defence expecting a pass to the wing, centre Kurt Sutcliffe nipped through the gap to score.

A penalty and a yellow card for a Rishworthian player made it 23-21, but the home side saw out the 10 minutes, scoring twice with penalties by Billing, who had a fine game with the boot.

Salem came back with a converted try to trail by one point, before their last try, which looked like putting paid to Rishworthians’ fine effort and heralded the dramatic finish.

Rishworthians seconds lost 39–12 at Bradford Salem. Luke Flanagan and Richard Turner scored tries and Josh Deane kicked a conversion.