Sloppy Rishies pay price

Barnsley 38 Old Rishworthians 0

Rishworthians lost this Yorkshire Two game in the first 20 minutes through sloppy play and poor tackling.

After that they rallied and in the second half played some of the best rugby they have played all season.

But being 19 points down, it was never going to be enough, despite great efforts by player coach Lance Hamilton, who was clearly the best player on the pitch, and an outstanding display by wing Nick Faulkner.

The visitors were behind from the second minute after kicking the ball straight back to the home side and then making feeble attempts at tackling.

Hamilton and Faulkner combined in a strong run before more sloppy tackling allowed a home centre through.

Both tries were converted and when Barnsley scored again from a catch and drive at the lineout, it looked all over for Rishworthians.

But they rallied and started to get their game together. Hamilton was immense at the base of a scrum which was going backwards and he, skipper Gary Morris and Faulkner worked well to drive the visitors forward.

But they went further behind to a converted try despite two seemingly blatant forward passes in the move, which went unpunished.

Rishworthians, now 26 points behind, came alive again and flanker Tom Clough almost got in at the corner after more good work by Faulkner.

The visitors finished the half strongly, but were unable to break through the home defence.

It was a determined and forceful Rishworthians side which started the second half and gave as good if not better than they got throughout the second period.

It was only in the last 10 minutes, down to 14 men when fullback Joe Billing went off with a foot injury, that the home side added to their score.

They stretched a tiring Rishworthians side and squeezed in twice at the corner in the final minutes, converting one of the tries.