Rishies blown off course

Ryan Mudd tried hard to stem the tide
Ryan Mudd tried hard to stem the tide

The ever-increasing gale-force wind blowing down the pitch proved a telling factor as Old Rishworthians were beaten 32-3 by West Park Leeds in Yorkshire Two.

It meant kicking was out for Rishworthians in the second half and on three occasions they conceded tries after trying to run the ball from their own line.

The real damage was done in the first half as the visitors started slowly and failed to secure enough possession to use the wind to their advantage.

They were outplayed in the scrums in the first 15 minutes and by the time they remedied this they were behind.

Pushed off the ball in a scrum, West Park moved it out to the left winger, who showed good speed to cross wide out for an unconverted try.

Rishworthians fought back and flanker Fraser Swarbrooke landed a long range penalty.

He missed two more attempts and winger Joe Billing went close with another before the home side landed a killer blow just before half-time.

Play was allowed to continue after a pass that looked well forward and the left wing ran in and around under the posts for a converted try to make it 12-3 at the break.

With the gale even stronger in the second period, it meant Rishworthians had to run every bit of possession, no matter where they were on the field.

Teenage left wing Rhys Town had a couple of good runs and Swarbrooke almost broke through to score, but the visitors had to defend for much of the half.

Whenever they broke forward, though, they were sent back by kicks enhanced by the wind.

Player-coach Damian Ball made a brilliant try-saving clearance following a kick through but Rishworthians struggled to get away from their line, despite determined from prop Ryan Mudd in particular.

The home side pounced on their mistakes to run in three more tries, only one of which was converted.

In a hard-fought merit league game at Copley, Rishworthians seconds beat Old Crossleyans 7-6. Gerard Rollings got the try and Josh Kelly the conversion.