Rishies dig deep in tough conditions

Old Rishworthians forwards against West Leeds
Old Rishworthians forwards against West Leeds

Old Rishworthians took another step towards mid-table security in Yorkshire Two with a 24-10 home win over West Leeds.

Heavy rain throughout the afternoon suggested that the team adapting best to the conditions would take the spoils and although the Copley men had to defend for long periods deep in their own half, they showed grit and determination.

West Leeds kicked off and camped in the home team’s half for some time before outside half Damian Ball relieved the pressure with a well struck kick.

The visitors worked their way back to an attacking position and a penalty for an offside gave them a 3-0 lead.

From the restart the home forwards took control, winning two penalties in quick succession. Rishworthians kicked for territorial advantage and with pressure building and the visitors’ line in sight, an excellent forward drive allowed Fraser Swarbrooke to touch down and convert his own try.

Once again Rishworthians were pushed back into their own half. In spite of their sustained defence, they conceded two penalties that were kicked wide of the posts.

Sound work by the forwards moved play upfield. Full back Brad Radcliffe made a good break before passing to Anthony Shoesmith, who crossed the line and Swarbrooke converted for a 14-3 interval lead.

As the weather deteriorated and the light faded, the game became a forward battle played mainly in the Rishworthian half.

In a rare visit upfield, the home side won a penalty, kicked by Swarbrooke, to increase the advantage.

West Leeds came back strongly and when a clearance kick in the home 22 was charged down, they scored a converted try.

The Copley men responded in the best possible way when the backs linked well to put Chris Flanagan over in the corner for a try converted by Swarbrooke to seal the game.