Battling display is in vain

Reuben Pollard.
Reuben Pollard.

Leodiensians 32 Old Rishworthians 10

A battling performance by Rishworthians was not enough to stem the tide of pressure from the home side in the second half of this Yorkshire Two game.

Third-placed Leos had too much firepower for the visitors, who once again were missing several of their strongest players.

But they stuck at it in the second half, when they were almost constantly on the defence as the well-drilled Leos pack took charge.

Rishworthians were more than competitive in the first half and romped into a 10-0 lead.

They opened up with a penalty from newcomer Brad Radcliffe and there were strong runs from all the forwards, especially man of the match prop Reuben Pollard.

They extended the lead from a poor cross kick from the home stand-off. The ball bounced kindly into the hands of teenage right wing Rhys Town and he raced from his own 22 to score under the posts. Radcliffe added the conversion.

The home side fought back and soon scored. A lineout near the Rishworthian line brought a catch and drive.

Initially it was well held out but then the ball went through several more phases before the pressure brought a converted try. A long distance penalty then brought the scores level.

At this point there was little between the two sides, but just before the break Leos grabbed a try, the left winger winning the race to touch down from a speculative kick through.

The visitors hit straight back but just could not get the touchdown as the half ended with a 15-10 scoreline.

The home side opened the second half strongly and never relented, keeping Rishworthians pinned down in their own territory for almost the whole of the half.

The pressure told after 15 minutes as the home fullback burst through to score.

The visitors held on defending well, but eventually, with flanker Nick Faulkner yellow-carded, conceded two more tries, one of which was converted.

Rishworthians remain third from bottom, but fortunately for them the other teams around them in the bottom five all also lost, meaning that their next league match in two weeks time at home to the team below them, Ripon, takes on major significance.

The second team beat Halifax Dukes 20-0 at Copley. There were tries for Gerard Rollings, Alex Kindred and Josh Kelly, who also kicked a conversion and a penalty.