Rishworthians unable to build on strong start

Chris Dyson
Chris Dyson

West Park Leeds 29 Old Rishworthians 7

Rishworthians were determined to make a better start than they had done the previous week and for 20 minutes they were dominant.

But in their first real foray into the visitors’ half the home side scored and from then the tables were turned.

After that Rishworthians were almost completely blown away in the scrums and lineouts and with little good possession were unable to stem the tide.

They had the better of the early exchanges and almost got left wing Anthony Shoesmith in after good running by fullback Matthew Hunt-Brown and centre Taniela Bakoso.

They turned down a kickable penalty and in the ensuing play flanker Chris Dyson almost got over.

West Park eventually got into the game and got near to the visitors line. There appeared to be little danger however until a home flanker picked up a loose ball and jinked his way through a mass of players to score a converted try.

By then Rishworthians had lost No 8 James Clarke with a knee injury. Flanker Gerard Rollings took his place and put in a strong run before slipping the ball to Dyson, who was just stopped short.

But they were completely asleep to a quick West Park throw-in, which saw a centre run 60 yards before flipping it to a supporting player for an unconverted try in the corner.

In the last move of the half Bakoso almost got in at the corner.

Only 12-0 down at the break Rishworthians were still in the game until the home forwards took charge in the second half.

Early pressure saw the visitors camped on their own line and forced to give away a try in the corner.

Then a poor clearance kick saw the ball run back at them and a clever kick enabled the home left wing to race through and touch down.

Rishworthians fought back and prop Ryan Mudd, who had a fine game, stole the ball in midfield. Dyson took it on before it went wide and Hunt-Brown burst into the line to touch down. Joe Billing converted.

Near the end more home forward pressure brought a converted try.

At Copley Rishworthians seconds beat Keighley Academy 57 – 7, with two tries each from prop Paul McCumiskey and Liam Normanton, and others from Richard Turner, Chris Cowie, Josh Kelly and Liam Phillips. Kelly added four conversions and three penalties.