Rishworthians claim spoils in first league encounter with Keighley

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Old Rishworthians 48 Keighley 29

Old Rishworthians marked their first ever league clash with Keighley by securing a welcome 48-29 success.

Rishworthians were cruising at the interval, but Keighley made a game of it after changing their tactics late on.

The team showed one change from the side which drew away to Bradford Salem in thier last Yorkshire Two outing, Gerard Rollings replacing Jioti Bakoso.

Keighley kicked off and from a lineout Chris Dyson won good ball and Andrew Shickell made ground before passing to Ben Black. He drew his man to send Anthony Shoesmith over, Joe Billing converting.

The lineouts were functioning much better with hooker Luke Illingworth finding Dyson, Rollings and Fraser Swarbrooke with ease.

Keighley responded when prop Craig Spencer scored the first of his three tries, and then the prop rolled over for an unconverted try.

The Copley men started winning more ball and Taniela Bakoso made a break in midfield and passed to Billing who beat two men to dive over in the

corner for a try which he was unlucky not to convert.

An excellent break by Ben Black almost created a scoring opportunity for Shoesmith but the ball was held up over the line.

After a scrum on the visitors line, and a further penalty to the home side, prop Ryan Mudd scored under the posts converted by Billing.

Rishworthians scored their fourth try, and with it a bonus point, when Black combined with Swarbrooke who drew his man and passed to

Billing who dived over in the corner. A penalty for a high tackle on Black enabled the home side to take another quick penalty and again

Mudd scored near the posts, converted by Billing.

From the second half kick off Shoesmith took the ball in the air and was impeded by a Keighley forward. The penalty was kicked to the corner and from the lineout Frank Watene burrowed over under the posts for Billing to convert.

Rishworthians continued to run with the ball and Shoesmith scored a try which was converted by Billing.

The supply of ball suddenly dried up and for the remaining time the home side struggled.

Shickell and Bakoso were yellow carded and Keighley started keeping the ball in the forwards and mauling effectively.

Billing kicked a penalty for a high tackle and then Keighley changed their tactics.

Prop Spencer scored two more tries in identical fashion and hooker Will Armitage scored near the posts. Danny McGee kicked two conversions and scored a try but Rishworthians had already done enough.