Rishies refuse to be derailed from promotion track

Glenn Payne is stopped short
Glenn Payne is stopped short

York Railway Institute 10 Old Rishworthians 52

Rishworthians duly completed the demolition of bottom club York RI, although at times made heavy weather of it.

But the maximum points win along with other results left them 20 points clear at the top of Yorkshire Three.

The win had been expected and there was some outstanding play from the visitors with all eight tries coming from different players.

Coach Damian Ball, however, was not happy with some aspects of his side’s play.

The home side put up some spirited opposition and denied the visitors at least three further scores with some last-ditch tackles.

They had no answer though to Rishworthians pacy attacks from broken play although they took a try well, gifted to them late in the second half by a poor Rishworthian pass which went to ground and allowed the RI fullback to kick on and pick up to go in under the posts for a converted try. It added to the long range penalty they kicked in the first half.

Within minutes of the start Rishworthians went ahead. Centre Kurt Sutcliffe carved his way through and linked with fullback Aaron Canning who put right wing Chris Flanagan in for the opener. Canning added the first of six successful conversions.

A strong run by left wing Anthony Shoesmith and an inside pass to Sutcliffe saw the centre cruise in for the second try. Canning converted.

Rishworthians dropped out after a failed long range home penalty attempt. The ball was brilliantly caught by Shoesmith who linked with flanker Gerard Rollings who put his back row partner Ben Porritt in under the posts. Canning converted.

With the last move of the first half, No 8 James Clarke picked up from a scrum and fed Rollings for a try, converted by Canning to make it 3-28 at the break.

Soon after the restart Shoesmith snapped up a loose ball in midfield and stand-off Luke Flanagan, who had an outstanding game, got his backs moving for replacement Joe Billing to touch down in the corner.

Fine play between forwards and backs, with Clarke and Canning prominent was finished off by replacement Simon Edmundson, who took the final pass to force his way over. Canning converted.

The home side then interrupted the scoring pattern with their try before normal service was resumed. Rollings ran the ball out of defence and Shoesmith finished it off. Canning converted.

Rishworthians completed the scoring with a try in the corner. Prop Glen Rika-Rayne burst through from a lineout and hooker Reuben Pollard took the ball and crashed over the line.

Old Rishworthians seconds beat Ilkley thirds 26-17 at Copley. Josh Kelly kicked three penalties and a conversion and tries came from Jack Booth, Paul Savage and Paul Hartley.