Shoesmith puts Rishies on firm footing

Harry Collett scores against Bramley Phoenix
Harry Collett scores against Bramley Phoenix

Bramley Phoenix 23 Old Rishworthians 33

Rishworthians extended their lead at the top of Yorkshire Three to 18 points after another maximum points win.

The two factors to their victory were their discipline in an ill-tempered game and an inspirational performance by right wing Anthony Shoesmith.

He came on from the bench after 20 minutes and turned the game. With virtually his first touch he scored a try and then made a second.

On each occasion it brought the visitors level when they looked likely to succumb to pressure from a fired-up home side.

But Rishworthians’ discipline held, particularly in the last quarter when Bramley completely lost theirs in a flurry of red and yellow cards, to take a victory which at one point looked unlikely.

The game started with neither side being able to break through. Fullback Aaron Canning eventually put the visitors ahead with a penalty, but it was soon cancelled out by the home side.

Bramley then took charge and immense pressure on the Rishworthian line eventually told with a centre going through on the burst to score a converted try.

It was time for Shoesmith to come on and almost straightaway he struck. He beat his man on the wing and then cut inside, beating several other players in a run to touch down under the posts. Canning added the conversion to level the scores.

Bramley hit back and after more pressure scored with a typical rugby league try, touching down from a short stabbing kick over the line and adding a conversion for a seven-point lead.

Locks Fraser Swarbrooke and Harry Collett were outstanding in the Rishworthian pack and a fine lineout take from Swarbrooke started their second try.

The ball went wide to Shoesmith, who almost made the line and then slipped the ball inside for centre Kurt Sutcliffe to score. Canning added a fine second conversion to make the score 17-17 at half-time.

Soon after the restart Bramley took the lead with two penalties in quick succession, but once again it was Shoesmith to the rescue.

After good work by No8 James Clarke and flanker Chris Dyson, the ball arrived at the winger, who showed great strength to force his way over wide out.

Canning could not add the conversion, but soon after gave Rishworthians the lead with a penalty, quickly followed by a second.

The home side then lost it completely and as the mayhem ensued Clarke kicked on from a slewed scrum and then skilfully gathered the bouncing ball, to put Collett away for the final try in the corner.

It sealed a fine win for Rishworthians and owed much to the discipline which coach Damian Ball has inspired in his charges, who travel next week to bottom club York RI.