Old Rishworthians 35 Aireborough 33
Old Rishworthians ground out a Yorkshire Three victory against Aireborough with Aaron Canning kicking the winning points four minutes from time.
The team showed several changes from the previous week with Gary Morris and Luke Flanagan unavailable, Will Brian and Josh Kelly deputised.
Rishies played into the strong breeze in the first half, but Aireborough kept the ball in hand and swift interpassing saw the left winger go over for a converted try. From the restart the visitors were penalised and Canning kicked the points.
Following the restart the Aireborough lineout was disrupted and after a mistake in the centre the ball was kicked on and Jo Billing scored in the corner. A further successful penalty kick by Canning for offside saw the Rishworthians move into a 10-8 lead.
Aireborough`s ball handling skills in the threequarters were causing the home side problems and following good interplay on the visitors 22, the ball went swiftly from Kelly to Billing and then to Canning who crashed over for a try which he converted. The scoreboard was being kept busy as pressure on the Old Rishworthians lineout, and a good drive, enabled the visitors to score a try which was well converted from the touchline.
A penalty for offside was kicked by Aireborough and a further two tries were conceded by half time, both unconverted, to make it 15-30 at the break
The second half enabled Rishworthians to use the wind and start playing in their opponents half. Several scrums took place on the five metre line, but a score was not forthcoming.
The front row of Glen Rika-Rayne, Simon Edmundson and Reuben Pollard were starting to boss the scrums and the ball was held up over the Aireborough line several times. A score was imminent and the ball was moved to the threequarters where Damian Ball scythed through for the all important try converted by Canning.
The visitors forwards started to tire and Jioti Bakoso, Ben Robinson and Chris Dyson made their presences felt with strong running and excellent tackling.
The pressure was on Aireborough and a penalty was given away for not rolling away and Canning converted. The home side needed a try and from a scrum Nick Faulkner took the ball on and released it to Sutcliffe who raced 25 metres to score a try under the posts, Canning converting.
With five minutes left Aireborough were awarded a penalty for not releasing and it was converted for 33-32. Pressure by the home forwards from the kick off, and good tackling by Bakoso and Fraser Swarbrooke, saw the referee give the hosts a penalty which was converted by Canning to complete the scoring.