Ball: Rishies must show they’re up to the job

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Old Rishworthians coach Damian Ball has challenged his players to prove they are up to the challenge of life in Yorkshire Two ahead of tomorrow’s home game against West Park Leeds.

Rishies, runaway Yorkshire Three winners last season, have lost their opening brace of fixtures in their new division and bombed 50-20 at West Leeds last weekend.

But that scoreline doesn’t tell the full story, with Ball reading the half time riot act after his side trailed by a staggering 45-8 at the break.

“There’s a big belief issue here, because we’re actually a good side,” said Ball, who believes Rishies’ last experience of Yorkshire Two three years ago is casting a shadow over the current side.

“We have players who were here last time when they didn’t win a game all year and it’s having an impact on them.

“We have shown we can compete, but it’s no good starting to play with confidence when the pressure is off and the game is done and dusted.

“Basically, we need to get out there this weekend and show we belong in this division.”

Ball’s side will be boosted by the return of skipper Gary Morris and versatile back Chris Flanagan, while No. 8 James Clarke should also be back.

Ball has also signed the Elland rugby league centre Tom Hall, although he will miss tomorrow’s fixture as the National Conference side complete their season at Stanningley.