Victory can be a turning point for Rishies

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Old Rishworthians coach Damian Ball is hoping his side has turned a corner in Yorkshire Two after last weekend’s 31-0 win over Baildon.

Rishies, who travel to Barnsley tomorrow, were never under threat against opponents who were promoted alongside them last spring and duly registered their first five points of the season.

“It’s a bonus point win, which is all we could have asked for,” said Ball, who took the field after a sleepless night in hospital following the birth of his second child.

“Hopefully, it will give us some belief and prove to be a bit of a turning point for us.

“Frank Watene was really good for us, James Clarke was good, and we created opportunities.”

This weekend’s fixture promises to be significantly more testing, with the South Yorkshire side dropping out of Yorkshire One at the end of last term.

“It’s going to be a pretty tough encounter, we’re under no illusions about that,” said Ball, who identified consistency of selection as a key factor in the Copley side’s potential for improvement.

“It would help us if we could get the same 15 players on the field every Saturday.

“It’s difficult, because the players are here because they want to be, but they also have work commitments, family responsibilities.

“But I think the more commitment that people give us over the next few months, the better the club will do.”