Rishworthians build up a head of steam

Old Rishworthians 61 York RI 5

The difference between the top and bottom of Yorkshire Three was clear to see as leaders Rishworthians thrashed York RI.

It was a fine team performance from the Copley men who notched up 10 tries, scored by eight different players, to set up a top of the table clash next week at second-placed Thornensians.

The home side were on the attack from the start and soon forced a penalty which fullback Aaron Canning kicked to give them an early lead.

They went further ahead when possession was gained after a tackle on a defender who was fielding a high kick.

The ball came out to player-coach Damian Ball to make the break and put in centre Kurt Sutcliffe, who went over with a strong run.

All the pressure came from Rishworthians, but they were unable to increase their lead until No8 Nick Faulkner put in the first of many strong runs, the ball then coming back to prop Ryan Mudd, who crashed over.

The visitors fought back but Rishworthians broke out of defence and a darting run by stand-off Luke Flanagan set up a ruck with the ball going to Faulkner, who forced his way over. Canning converted.

Rishworthians grabbed a bonus point with the fourth try, right wing Chris Flanagan coming inside to take a pass from Ball and power his way to the line. Canning again converted.

On the stroke of half-time skipper Gary Morris was quick to pounce on the visitors’ stand-off and set up a ruck with the ball coming out to Luke Flanagan, who darted over to make it 32-0 at the break.

Left wing Anthony Shoesmith was almost over from the restart, but two minutes later got on the scoresheet, taking the pass after a great break by flanker Chris Dyson..

Another fine run from the winger set up a lineout near the visitors’ line. Flanker Ben Robinson took the ball in the lineout and was driven over with lock Fraser Swarbrooke getting the touchdown.

Shoesmith and Dyson then combined well before the ball was slipped out for replacement prop Wes Aldridge to score. Canning added the conversion.

With Rishworthians coasting, the visitors got on to the scoresheet with an unconverted try from an interception.

Eager to make amends the home side came back strongly and some fine interpassing play between Shoesmith, Luke Flanagan and Canning finally saw the winger over for his second try, which was converted by replacement stand-off Josh Kelly.

The scoring was rounded off as Canning regathered his chip kick and put in Faulkner for his second try in the corner.