Rishies’ crucial drop scrap

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Old Rishworthians travel to Baildon tomorrow in a fixture the club have targeted in their bid for Yorkshire Two consolidation.

Baildon were promoted from Yorkshire Three last summer on the coat tails of Damian Ball’s runaway title winners, who currently sit at the bottom of the league ladder with just one win to their name all season.

“It’s an important game for us and it’s one we’ve targeted,” said Ball, who saw his side’s home game against Yarnbury last weekend called off because of a waterlogged pitch.

“Our minimum target this year is to beat those teams around us home and away, because if we do that, we will be guaranteed to finish outside the bottom two.

“We’ve beaten Baildon at home already, but the home and away dynamics in this division are completely different; you tend to find most clubs field stronger sides at home.

“It was disappointing not to play last week, but the referee was coming up from Warwickshire and the pitch was pretty wet so we made an early decision at 9am.”

Rishies should have No. 8 James Clarke available again, while influential Kiwi prop Frank Watene could make a rare start away from Copley.

Richard Turner faces a fitness check on a back injury.