Rishworthians take another big step towards safety

Chris Flanagan against Leos
Chris Flanagan against Leos

Old Rishworthians 25 Leodiensians 10

Rishworthians virtually ensured their Yorkshire Two future with a fine team performance against higher placed Leos.

They scored three tries, but it could have been six. They were good in attack and resolute in defence.

After a closely fought first half, they dominated the second and never let the visitors get even a sniff of their line.

Flanker Fraser Swarbrooke stepped up to the mark with his place-kicking and also added a try.

Centre Chris Flanagan stood out in the backs, prop Reuben Pollard was awesome in the pack and right wing Rhys Town showed his credentials with another try.

Rishworthians were on the attack from the start and might have scored within the first minute. Player-coach Damian Ball broke through and sent the ball wide, but the chance went begging.

The pressure however forced a penalty and Swarbrooke gave the home side the lead.

Rishworthians were forced on to the defensive and scrum half Gary Morris relieved the pressure with a high kick which was brilliantly gathered by left wing Anthony Shoesmith.

He spread the ball wide and Flanagan and flanker Chris Dyson linked well to put Town away for the opening try.

The visitors hit back with a penalty and the Copley men might have gone further ahead, but an interception from a retreating Leos player prevented a certain try.

The visitors hit back, keeping the ball in the forwards until they forced their way over for a converted try to take the lead.

Another interception prevented a certain Rishworthian try after good work by No 8 James Clarke and lock Frank Watene. But they regained the lead with another Swarbrooke penalty just before the break.

A brilliant tackle deprived Shoesmith of a try in the opening minutes of the second half, but the position led to a lineout which brought a score.

Swarbrooke took the throw well and the rest of the pack tried to drive him over. The ball was lost but the flanker recovered it and touched down in a mass of players. He converted his own try.

Rishworthians went further ahead with a try by flanker Chris Dyson who took the pass after a fine break by Ball. Swarbrooke added the conversion.

The visitors threw everything at the Copley men in the last 10 minutes, but the defence never looked like being breached as they completed a fine win.

Rishworthians second string won 40-5 at Huddersfield YMCA. Joel Billing was outstanding, scoring four tries and five conversions. Other tries were added by Liam Normanton and Matt Noble.