Rishworthians turn on the style

Old Rishworthians' player-coach Damian Ball combines with  Anthony Shoesmith  in the victory over Old Modernians
Old Rishworthians' player-coach Damian Ball combines with Anthony Shoesmith in the victory over Old Modernians

Old Modernians 10 Old Rishworthians 55

Old Rishworthians scored eight tries as they made it 10 wins out of 11 Yorkshire Three matches and stretched their lead over Goole to 11 points.

The game, which saw Aaron Canning post 20 individual points, was an open affair and the ball handling skills of the Copley men were pleasing to watch.

The home side did not give up, but a period just before half time when Rishworthians scored 14 points turned the match.

It only took five minutes for Rishworthians to open the scoring. Good inter passing between the backs created the space for Canning to dive over in the corner.

A penalty for not releasing in the tackle enabled Canning to stretch the lead to 8-0 before Jamie Bloem made a trademark break in the centre of the field and the ball was moved out to Anthony Shoesmith who scored an excellent try after beating the covering tacklers. Canning converted.

The off loading in the three quarters, which has become a feature of this season’s play, continued and Shoesmith was stopped short of the line only for Simon Edmundson to dive over, the try converted by Canning.

At 22-0 the visitors started to gain more momentum and from a good kick by young outside half Josh Kelly, the forwards took over with Harry Collett stealing the ball in the lineout and the pack driving over for Edmundson to be awarded his second try converted by Canning for a 29-0 half-time lead.

Five minutes into the second half, following a maul on the left, the ball squirted out to Gary Morris who ran 40 yards to score which Canning converted.

he Old Modernians captain was yellow carded for dissent and further indiscipline led to penalties and from a move up the right, Jioti Bakoso and Fraser Swarbrooke made the ball available to Chris Dyson whose pace left the defenders standing.

Old Modernians released their left winger who outpaced the cover defence to score an unconverted try before Richard Turner and Reuben Pollard set up the next move with the backs taking over, good inter passing enabling Kelly to score his first try for the team which was converted by Canning.

Old Modernians decided to kick for position and following a maul near the visitors line scored their second try. However, Rishworthians finished in style with Bloem scoring the final try converted by Canning.