Rishworthians second half fight back just falls short
It was a step too far for Rishworthians as their depleted side put on a brilliant second half performance but could not overhaul the Scarborough total.
Missing seven regulars through injuries and unavailability Rishworthians went into the Yorkshire Shield final in confident mood and started well with an early penalty from Josh Kelly. But Scarborough’s stand off James Perret and centre Tom Ratcliffe took charge of things and soon set their side on the road to victory. At 33 - 10 down it looked all over for Rishworthians but they came back brilliantly and got to within one score of victory before Scarborough broke away to clinch it with a try in the corner to seal victory.
Player coach Chris Stone praised his players for their efforts. “Unfortunately we let ourselves down early in the first half. All credit to Scarborough though. We knew how they would play, but we were unable to stop it. “To go into a final missing a lot of players is always difficult, but the lads, who came in, especially the younger ones were all great.“Now we have to build on the great season we have had to do even better next,” said Stone.
After Kelly’s penalty Scarborough hit back with a converted try as their backs tore through the Rishworthians defence and then a mixup at the back of a scrum brought another and they were 14 - 3 down. They hit back though. Centre Ben Sutcliffe broke through and Kelly almost got over before the pack took it on and flanker Nick Faulkner dived over. Kelly added the conversion.
There was some great play from Faulkner and lock Richard Bullough before Scarborough broke through again to score a try despite a great tackle by teenage fullback Sam Bake, who had an outstanding game. The Scarborough backs then came through again to add a fourth converted try and make it 26 - 10 at halftime.
Soon after the restart Faulkner put in a strong run and great offload to fellow flanker Gerard Rollins who put Sutcliffe away but he was stopped short. When a Scarborough kick through and a lucky bounce brought another converted try it looked all over for Rishworthians.
Instead they came back brilliantly. Left wing Anthony Shoesmith and Bake almost got in on the right, before Shoesmith got back to his left wing position to take the final long pass from Kelly as play was switched back across field to score in the corner. Bake then put in another telling run and linked with outstanding prop Harry Whitfield to take play close to the line. The forwards took it on and Bullough forced his way over.
Bake completed a fine game with a try converted by Kelly and suddenly Rishworthians were within a converted score of winning the trophy. They could not break through again however and a penalty to Scarborough made it beyond their reach. A further Scarborough try in the last minute sealed their victory.
|1. H Whitfield||2. C Stone||3. P Kershaw|
|6. G Rollings||7. N Faulkner T|
|4. R Bullough T||5. F Swarbrooke|
|8. J Andrews|
|9. J Billing|
|10. J KellyC2 P|
|12. K Sutcliffe|
|13. B Sutcliffe|
|11. C Flanagan||14. A Shoesmith T|
|15. S Bake T|
|T Andrews||T Jowle J Smart||G Day K Williams||H Robinson||M Pinto|
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