Rishworthians leave it late to claim bonus point win
Rishworthians moved up a place in Yorkshire One with a bonus point victory over bottom club Guisborough.The home side opened and finished in style, but for a 25-minute spell in the middle it could have been anyone’s game. During that period they made numerous mistakes, could do little right for the referee and gave possession back to the visitors too many times. They finally managed to get their game back on track and finished with a try to gain a much needed bonus point.
It all started so well with a try within two minutes. Harvey Keighley-Payne, who had another storming game, won a turnover and got the ball out. Outstanding fullback Luke Sutcliffe burst through before prop Phil Kershaw rescued the ball at the breakdown and out it went again through a number of good offloads for No 8 Gerard Rollings to finish it off in the corner with a strong run.
The visitors’ big forwards looked likely to dominate Rishworthians’ lightweight young pack, but the opposite happened as the home eight pushed them back in the scrums – even taking one against the head. Pressure was kept on the visitors and several times the home men looked likely to score. Right wing Doug Heseltine squeezed over in the corner only to be judged to have had a foot in touch. The home attacks continued until a fine pass from player-coach Chris Stone put Luke Sutcliffe through for an excellent try. Josh Kelly converted and then kicked a penalty to take the lead to 15 – 0.
It was the point for things to start going wrong and a charged down kick gained possession for the visitors near the home line and they forced their way over for an unconverted try on the stroke of half-time.
Rishworthians could do little right for the first 20 minutes of the second half and were undone by the pace of Guisborough’s back three, conceding a converted try and a penalty to make the scores level. As nerves began to jangle in what was a ‘must win’ game for both teams, Ben Waud making a rare appearance this season came off the bench to make a real impact, bursting through from halfway to gallop over. Kelly converted.
Straight from the restart however Guisborough regained the ball and pace again brought a try wide out. The conversion miss left Rishworthians still two points ahead and it spurred them on for the rest of the game. Waud broke through again to set up play before the ball went out and teenage forward replacement James McHugh found himself on the wing to receive the last pass and touch down in the corner for the bonus point try. Kelly added a fine conversion to deny the visitors a losing bonus point.
|1. W Aldridge||2. C Stone||3. P Kershaw|
|6. T Muscat-Baron||7. H Keighley-Payne|
|4. B Robinson||5. E Pollard|
|8. G Rollings T|
|9. G Wright|
|10. J Kelly C3 P|
|12. J Fairbank|
|13. K Sutcliffe|
|11. A Shoesmith||14. D Heseltine|
|15. L Sutcliffe T|
|B Waud T||J Bower||J McHugh T|
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