Rishworthians take a step closer to Yorkshire 2 trap door
The scoreline did not reflect this game. Crossleyans won it because of their outstanding defence and a purple patch in the last 10 minutes. At 14 – 7 with 10 minutes left it was anybody’s game. But the visitors had no luck throughout as is usually the case for teams near the bottom. Even worse, prop Wes Aldridge had to leave the field by ambulance with a serious neck injury, which delayed the game by 35 minutes. He was allowed out of hospital all OK but sore from an old back injury.
Crocs were out of the traps almost immediately and sheer pace brought a converted try on the right wing. Within minutes Rishworthians got their first bit of bad luck with a speculative Crocs kick from defence. As Ed Cockroft ran to gather the ball a wicked high bounce took it away from him and straight into the arms of the Crocs left wing who ran in for a simple converted try.
From then Rishworthians won plenty of ball, but handling errors and solid defence kept them out. Aldridge was hurt after 20 minutes and when the game restarted it was the same story. Rishworthians young scrum half George Wright looked lively and was on hand on the stroke of half time to win the race to touch down and save a try.
This was the only threat posed by Crocs and it was a similar story in the second half with left wing Sam Bake repeating Wright’s effort in touching down. Flanker Ethan Pollard, who had another strong game went close, there was a great move involving Wright, Bake and No 8 Callum Heseltine, and a strong run from winger Jordan Bloem, but still the visitors could not break through.
They put great pressure on the home side, who held out until Cockroft charged down a kick and ran on to touch down and then convert his try. With 10 minutes to go Rishworthians had a chance to get at least a losing bonus point until luck deserted them again. A charged down kick right on the touchline should have gone into touch but did not and bounced nicely to present a converted try for the left wing.
Rishworthians’ heads went down and a penalty a minute later increased the lead. It gave the home side renewed confidence and they finished the game with two tries, one of them converted, wide out on the right.
|1. W Aldridge||2. J Smart||3. C Stone|
|6. T Muscat-Baron||7. E Pollard|
|4. B Robinson||5. F Swarbrooke|
|8. C Heseltine|
|9. G Wright|
|10. T Andrews|
|12. K Sutcliffe|
|13. D Heseltine|
|11. J Bloem||14. S Bake|
|15. E Cockroft T C|
|G Day||L Illingworth||L Flanagan|
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