Old Rishworthians came away from their Yorkshire Two game at Knottingley with just a losing bonus point, from a 15-10 defeat, but it could have been much more.
With five regulars missing, however, they could not quite gel, despite having the lion’s share of possession in the second half.
Knottingley’s No 8 Craig Field proved the difference, creating both his side’s tries.
Within the first two minutes he set off on a strong run as would-be Rishworthian tacklers failed to get near him.
He was eventually stopped but it set up a scrum near the visitors’ line, from which he picked up and put in a perfectly weighted pass for the winger to score a converted try in the corner.
Rishworthians then spent more than 20 minutes under the cosh as Knottingley battered away.
They defended well and eventually broke away with an interception and inter passing to score a converted try under the posts.
They came more into the game and Joe Billing followed up his conversion with a penalty to give them the lead, but just before the break the home side levelled with a penalty.
Rishworthians had the upper hand for much of the second half, with strong runs from flanker Chris Dyson, No 8 Andy Shickell and prop Ryan Mudd, who had an outstanding game.
While they put Knottingley under extreme pressure, they could not break through.
Eventually the home side broke out and then camped in Rishworthians’ 22. The visitors defended well, preventing one attempt to score with a lineout catch and drive.
It looked as though they had held out until Field put in a copy of his first half try-scoring pass for another try in the corner.
There again hit back but could not break through and they had to defend desperately in the final minute to hang on to their losing bonus point.