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1st XV Match Report - Yorkshire 1

North Ribblesdale 5 - 35 Old Rishworthians

Brilliant performance by Rishies to secure first bonus point win

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Match Report Saturday 23rd September - Yorkshire 1

The width of the pitch at Settle proved the deciding factor as Rishworthians registered their second away victory of the Yorkshire One campaign with a try scoring bonus point. It took them a good 20 minutes to realise it and to stop handing the ball back to the home side in one way or another. But once they did there was only going to be one winner.

The two wingers, record try-scorer Anthony Shoesmith, returning from injury, and teenage flyer Kian Stewart, were the potent forces, the latter scoring twice and the former creating two tries. As soon as man of the match, scrum half Ed Cockroft, started to boss the game they were on their way.

The tireless work of the starting front five of Phill Kershaw, Chris Stone and Harry Whitfield in the front row and Fraser Swarbrooke and Callum Heseltine at lock, helped set the platform and the backs did the rest. The back row of Jacob Bower, Gerard Rollings and Nick Faulkner and later teenagers Greg Day and Harry Robinson completed a massive number of tackles as the home side tried desperately to break through.

Rishworthians took the lead after 10 minutes with a long range penalty from stand-off Josh Kelly, who had another fine game. Despite that the visitors continued to allow the home side to dominate possession, especially through the rolling maul and after a period of pressure on Rishworthians’ line they broke through to score an unconverted try.

It was the spur the Copley men needed and Kelly started to bring centres Doug Heseltine and Olly Scrimshaw and fullback Ben Wainwright into the game. But it was the wing threat that brought results with the first of five tries. It came with possession from a scrum and Shoesmith bursting through the centre in a strong crossfield run to put Stewart in at the right corner.

A strong drive upfield by Whitfield brought the second try, the ball being recycled well and moved wide for Stewart to run in his second try. Rishworthians were almost in again just before the break, but finished the half leading 13 – 5.

Half Time North Ribblesdale 5 - 13 Old Rishworthians

From the restart Shoesmith caught the ball brilliantly in the air and earned a penalty near the touchline, which Kelly converted with a fine kick. The left winger then repeated his crossfield run from good scrum possession with the same result, this time linking with Scrimshaw who put Wainwright in at the corner.

The home men came back strongly and captain Swarbrooke brought off a try-saving tackle to deny them. Excellent tactical kicking from Kelly and Cockroft and a number of turnovers in the rucks kept Rishworthians on the front foot. One long kick from Cockroft saw Stewart up fast to tackle his opposite number into touch. The visitors drove over from the lineout, but the referee ruled held up. However from the resulting scrum the ball came to Kelly who ghosted over and then converted his try.

Near then he put in a fine kick for Stewart, but the ball bounced the other way into the hands of the supporting Rollings and he strolled over. Kelly converted for a convincing win.

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1. H Whitfield 2. C Stone 3. P Kershaw
6. J Bower 7. G Rollings T
4. C Heseltine 5. F Swarbrooke
8. N Faulkner
9. E Cockroft
10. J Kelly T P2 C2
12. O Scrimshaw
13. D Heseltine
11. A Shoesmith 14. K Stewart T2
15. B Wainwright T
G Day L Flanagan H Robinson

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