Rishworthians drop to foot of Yorkshire 1 with a disappointing result
Old Rishworthians travelled to play bottom club Keighley knowing that a win would ensure that Keighley remained at the foot of Yorkshire 1. The result by 4 tries to 1 to the home side saw positions reversed and the Copley men are now bottom.
The team appeared stronger with the welcome return of Anthony Shoesmith and Wesley Aldridge. The early exchanges saw the Old Rishworthians wingers Luke Flanagan and Shoesmith gain valuable ground and looked dangerous. An injury to the Keighley outside half Rob Wilkinson held up play for 5 minutes, but when play resumed, a penalty in the visitors half enabled Josh Kelly to find touch on the opposing 22.The line out was lost but Flanagan and Shoesmith combined well to take play back into the home 22. From a chip through by Kelly, Doug Heseltine scored a try in the corner which was not converted.
A deserved score was soon wiped out by Keighley. From the kick off the ball was kicked deep and at the resulting line out Leigh Sugden the home No 8. barged over for a try which was converted by Ryan Gibson. An injury to Ben Hinsley after 20 mins. saw him take no further part in the game and Chris Flanagan moved to centre.
The home backs started to look dangerous and following a missed tackle Jake Duxbury the Keighley fullback scored a try under the posts, converted by Gibson. Old Rishworthians were gaining good quality line out ball from Fraser Swarbrooke and Gerard Rollings but the backs were unable to gain ground.
From pressure by Calum Heseltine and Chris Stone, Keighley conceded a penalty and Kelly kicked the goal. Unfortunately Shoesmith was yellow carded and Keighley made the extra numbers count and Seeley scored a try converted by Gibson. At half time the score was 21-8.
The second half saw Old Rishworthians command territory and possession but they were unable to create any breaks. The strong tackling of centres Ebbrell and Horsfall ensured that the Copley men were running laterally, Tom Jowle created space and was brought down short of the line and then Luke Flanagan who had been dangerous all game was tripped on the Keighley 22. Unfortunately the referee did not give a penalty to the visitors.
Sam Bake started running from full back and only a desperate tackle by a Keighley player stopped Bake. Greg Day was industrious and Wes Aldridge provided some clever off loads to supporting players but again there was no line breaks.
Keighley scored their fourth try after a rare visit to the Old Rishworthians half which was converted. A disappointing result to a game which should have been won and Keighley will be please for their early Christmas Presents.
The Development team played Keighley 2 at Copley and won by 55 points to 26. The win moves them up to second in the North Championship Merit League.
Tries were scored by Luke Sutcliffe 3, Kurt Sutcliffe 2, Lee Atkinson, Liam Phillips, Kian Sutcliffe, Cameron Emery
Cons: Joe Billing 5.
|1. C Stone||2. G Day||3. W Aldridge|
|6. E Pollard||7. C Flanagan|
|4. C Heseltine||5. F Swarbrooke|
|8. G Rollings|
|9. C Cullimore|
|10. J Kelly P|
|12. D Heseltine T|
|13. B Hinsley|
|11. A Shoesmith||14. L Flanagan|
|15. S Bake|
|J Smart||T Jowle||J Clarke|
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