Ball hopes to turn a bad thing good

Old Rishworthians coach Damian Ball is hoping his side’s second defeat of the season will turn out “to be a good thing” ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Northallerton in Yorkshire Three.

The runaway league leaders went down 45-30 at Rotherham last weekend, cutting their league at the top of the table to a mere 19 points, meaning that victory tomorrow would mathematically ensure Yorkshire Two rugby from next autumn.

“We got totally dominated by their forwards,” admitted Ball.

“We didn’t even get the bonus point in the end, which was frustrating.

“I think it’s been coming for a while to be honest, the last two or three games we haven’t had the same intensity and enthusiasm that we’ve had for most of the season.

“And as much as you tell players about that, and warn them they are going to get out-enthused at some stage if they continue to play like that, it’s only when they get beaten because of it that it sinks in.”

But Ball remains optimistic that Rishies will provide a suitably champion response when they head up the A1 tomorrow.

“I think it’s a good game for the lads to bounce back,” said Ball.

“We got our egos battered last week because we did not put the effort in.

“I think they’ll want to put that right tomorrow.”

The Copley side will be without second row Fraser Davidson, although Ryan Mudd is expected to return after missing out last weekend.