Rishies are back to work on the road

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Old Rishworthians return to action in Yorkshire Two when they travel to Bradford Salem tomorrow.

Rishies, inactive last weekend as the spotlight fell on cup competitions, were beaten in the last minute by Barnsley a fortnight ago, halting their slow but steady progress toward the safety of mid-table.

The Copley side’s away form has been their Achilles heel all year - with just one win, against struggling Baildon, coming on the road - meaning coach Damian Ball is expecting another tricky afternoon.

“They are travelling pretty well, up in the top six,” said Ball.

“We also beat them at home earlier in the year, so I’m sure there’ll be an element of looking for revenge as far as they’re concerned.

“The important thing for us is to go there and give the best possible account of ourselves that we can on the day.

“If we do that, I’ll be happy.

“I’ve always said I would back us against anyone at home, but at some point we are going to start picking up more points on the road.”

Rishies’ cause will be hampered by the absence of key forwards Fraser Swarbrooke and Frank Watene, who are both unavailable.

“Physically, they’re two of our biggest players,” said Ball.

“With conditions the way they are at the moment, that makes it that much harder to win that forward and set piece battle.

“I think overall we’ll be a better side when the grounds eventually dry out a little bit.”