Rishies can finally seal their certain success

Old Rishworthians coach Damian Ball has a simple goal as the club edges ever closer to the Yorkshire Three title: Just keep on winning.

With a 19 point lead over their nearest pursuers, Goole, and a 20-point advantage over third-placed Baildon, who have a game in hand, the Copley side have long seemed assured of top spot.

And they could mathematically clinch the crown tomorrow with a home victory over Old Modernians, providing Baildon fail to match their result at home to Northallerton.

“Technically, we can seal it this weekend, but for me it’s simple; we just need to keep on winning,” said Ball.

“If we do that, we will finish the season on a high and go into Yorkshire Two next year on the back of this season’s confidence and some winning form.”

Ed Morane will urge his Halifax Vandals side to get “in the faces” of Yorkshire Four leaders Old Grovians tomorrow.

Vandals travel to Bradford with expectations outside the club low against a team noted for piling up the points.

“I think everyone in Yorkshire Four is expecting us to get pumped, so we’ve got nothing to lose,” said Morane.

“A positive performance of any kind would be well received.

“It’s about going there, getting in their faces in that first 10 minutes and showing some ferocity and aggression.

“We’ve got the skills in the side to play against these teams, but we need to shock them early on to make sure they know they are going to be in for a tough afternoon.”

Centre Luke Sutcliffe, who has been sidelined with a broken jaw, should make a comeback for Vandals.

Old Crossleyans host Morpeth in North East One tomorrow looking to atone for a 40-point defeat at Middlesbrough a fortnight ago.

And after several weeks of indifferent form, captain James Wainwright is adamant a season of progress should not be allowed to fizzle out.

“It was a horrible day up there; the pitch was waterlogged and they had a massive pack out,” he said.

“We just couldn’t play our rugby.

“At the same time though, we’ve not been playing well for a few weeks and it would be a shame to finish the year like that.

“Morpeth are a good side, they beat Sheffield a few weeks ago, but they tend to be a lot stronger at home.

“If we get a decent share of the ball, we should be able to get a win.”

Crocs chances of winning that possession will be boosted by the return of several forwards, with Kev McGill, Luke Brocklehurst, Mark Palmer and Ryan Hammond all in the frame.

Halifax will welcome back Dean Cotton to their side to face Mosborough in Yorkshire Four.

The giant prop missed the win over Knaresborough but he returns to bolster the Halifax line up for the clash at Ovenden Park.

Shaun Youell comes back into the squad, while Stephen Simpson is set to provide his experience out wide.

Joe Gallagher had been passed fit to start and will vie for the No 10 shirt with the veteran Nick O’Connor.