Rishworthians suffer heavy defeat

Matthew Hunt Brown of Old Rishworthians against Roundhegians
Matthew Hunt Brown of Old Rishworthians against Roundhegians

Roundhegians 37 Old Rishworthians 7

Roundhegians once again became Rishworthians bogey side, and although languishing much lower in the division, thoroughly dominated this Yorkshire Two game.

The visitors were comprehensively beaten up front and the lack or a recognised hooker was clearly felt.

Despite all that Rishworthians had their chances, but failed to score on several occasions having made a number of good openings.

They opened the game well and might have taken a six-point lead, but on each occasion Joe Billing struggled with his penalty attempts due to a fierce cross-wind.

The home side, however, managed to take three points, during a brief lull in the wind and then followed it with another close range penalty.

Andy Shickell made the first of a number of breaks in an outstanding performance and the ball went wide, but both centre Taniela Bakoso and right wing Rhys Town were held up short of the line.

Roundhegians hit back and sent the ball wide for the right wing to score and run round for an easy conversion.

Rishworthians were almost through with a great run by fullback Matthew Hunt-Brown and a catch and drive from a lineout was also held up.

But the pressure told and from a scrum near the home line Shickell picked up and fed scrum half Gary Morris, who put Town in at the corner. Billing judged the wind to perfection with a perfect touchline conversion.

From the restart Rishworthians knocked on and it led to penalty and a try from a catch and drive to make it 18-7 at the break.

The visitors opened the second half strongly with another great run from Shickell, but were unable to get over the line and were made to pay as the home side ran the ball back and then caught them napping with a long pass for a converted try.

Roundhegians’ forwards had now taken control and emphasised their dominance with a pushover try, which summed up Rishworthians’ season.

The Copley men went close, but again the move broke down with the line beckoning, while the home side rounded off the scoring with another converted try after quickly taking a free kick.