Baildon 6 Old Rishworthians 13
Rishworthians shook off the rustiness of a month-long lay-off to register their first away win of the Yorkshire Two campaign.
They dominated the first half and perhaps should have had a lead more than double their 10-0 at half-time.
The home side raised their game in the second half, but Rishworthians showed their all-round superiority with an excellent defensive display which completely snuffed out every home attack.
On his return after half a season with Otley, Chris Dyson showed why he has been missed in the first half of the campaign, making yards with every carry.
There were excellent displays too by lock Fraser Swarbrooke, prop Ryan Mudd and utility back Joe Billing, who was outstanding, deputising at scrum half for injured skipper Gary Morris.
It was all Rishworthians from the kick-off and they spent the rest of the first half on the attack.
The rustiness showed, particularly in the first 20 minutes and – coupled with some excellent Baildon tackling – it meant the game remained scoreless despite early chances coming through Swarbrooke, Mudd, lock Jioti Bakoso and No 8 James Clarke.
The first try, when it came was a beauty after flanker Richard Wild stole the ball in a lineout.
From then Rishworthians worked a brilliant training ground move with player-coach Damian Ball putting centre Kurt Sutcliffe in the clear. He completed the move with a pass for left wing Anthony Shoesmith to score wide out.
They completed the first half scoring with another fine try. Swarbrooke broke through and then set the ball up well and the backs did the rest with Ball putting teenage right wing Rhys Town in at the corner.
In the second half, playing uphill against the wind, Rishworthians found themselves mostly on the defensive.
They almost added to their total when Shoesmith intercepted, but was just caught in 70-yard dash for the line.
Scoring in the second half was restricted to penalties. Swarbrooke missed for Rishworthians, but Baildon landed two long range efforts to set the visitors’ nerves jangling, although their defence was so good the home side never looked like scoring.
Billing took over the kicking duties and calmed Rishworthian nerves with a successful kick to complete the scoring and the Copley men eased out the remaining minutes, although they had to watch as another long-range home penalty drifted wide.
Rishworthians seconds lost 24-19 at Moortown. Josh Kelly scored a try and two conversions and two more tries were added by Cameron Duffy and Liam Normanton.