Rishies crash out of Shield


An Old Rishworthians side with several key players missing crashed out of the Yorkshire Shield by 44-7 at home to division-higher Scarborough yesterday.

The Copley men were particularly competitive in the first half and put the visitors under pressure for long periods but they could not break through.

The visitors, however, were clinical in their finishing and scored 17 points in the first half to make their passage through first round virtually secure.

Rishworthians soon found themselves behind when a clever flipped pass caught them napping to give the Yorkshire One visitors a converted try.

The home men fought back strongly and put the visitors’ line under pressure for 15 minutes, but could not break through, coming closest with a forward maul which was held on the line and through right wing Lee Atkinson, who was stopped just short.

But Scarborough broke out and went downfield to score a second converted try.

Undeterred Rishworthians, who last season qualified for Yorkshire Two, came back strongly with No 8 Fraser Swarbrooke being held up over the line after good linking play between forwards and backs.

Another strong run by Swarbrooke ended with him being bundled into touch just short of the line.

Just before the break the visitors added a penalty to give them a 17-0 half-time lead.

They kicked another penalty just after the resumption as Gez Rollings was yellow carded.

Before he returned 10 minutes later, Scarborough added two more tries, one of them converted, from forward drives, and then a third in a similar fashion.

Near the end they added a further converted try from the left winger.

Rishworthians never gave up and came back strongly in the final minutes. Strong driving runs from Rollings and Ryan Mudd created the space and the home side spun the ball wide for left wing Anthony Shoesmith to score in the corner. Fullback Joe Billing added the conversion with a fine kick to give the home side seven consolation points.

Old Brodleians were beaten 31-13 against division-higher Huddersfield YMCA in a pre-season friendly at Laund Hill.

Their points came from tries by Rob Jennings and Peter Williams and a Dan Wood penalty.

Brods led 13-7 at the break but scrums became uncontested due to injury and a YMCA side who made several substitutions finished strongly.