Saturdays game against Salem was the rearranged fixture from early March when the match was abandoned after the referee injured himself, with Rish leading 20-5.
This was Rishies last fixture of the season and the guys wanted to finish on a high. They did just that, with an emphatic 13 try thumping which would have been more if the referee hadn't called a halt with 15 minutes to go. With so many tries being scored, I could write reams about each one, but as all tries were very similar it would become more boring than usual.
Rishies did however go ahead within 2 minutes on the clock through Oli Marshall, who also got a second minutes later. Within 15 minutes Luke Sutcliffe got on the scoresheet and with Joe Billing slotting over the conversions the score was 21-0.
Rish were already in complete control of the match, then for some inexplicable reason skipper Kurt Sutcliffe threw an unnecessary pass which went straight to a Salem player who ran in from 60 odd metre to score. A small blip, but then Rish ran in further tries from Joe Billing, a second for Luke Sutcliffe and a hat trick try for Oli Marshall. Billing added a couple more conversions and at the half the score was 45-5.
Rishworthians dominance continued in the second half with Billing adding a try and conversion after a few minutes. The game then set in to familiar rhythm. We score, restart and a few minutes later score again. Playing his first game of this season, Rhys Town ran in a couple, Gez Rollings added a try for the forwards and Oli Marshall bagged a couple more to finish on 5 for the match.
Joe Billing made 3 more conversions, 9 from 13, and a 28 points tally. To their credit, in such a one sided match, Salem could have thrown out the dummy or turned nasty, but they played the game in good spirit, but were delighted when referee Cockroft called time early.
An excellent Baa Baas style win to round off the season. Having jumped up from the Merit league last season we had no idea what lay in wait for us in Championship North. Expectations weren't that high and we had a mixed bag of results before Xmas. However, we then managed to get together a regular cohesive squad resulting in a run of excellent wins, and the result at Salem gave a win ratio of 11 wins to 10 losses. We have beaten every team at least once, except West Leeds and managed a respectable final placing of 6th in the league.
Tries:Oli Marshall 5, Rhys Town 2, Luke Sutcliffe 2, Joe Billing 2, Gez Rollings, Kurt Sutcliffe
Cons: Joe Billing 9
Starting XV: R.Mudd, L.Illingworth, W.Aldridge, C.Fox, G.Rollings, J.Illingworth, J.Bower, E.Pollard, L.Phillips, J.Billing, W.Illingworth, K.Sutcliffe, L.Sutcliffe, O.Marshall, L.Atkinson
Reps: R.Town, T.Muscat-Baron, K.Hattam
|1. R Mudd||2. L Illingworth||3. W Aldridge|
|6.J Bower||7. J Illingworth|
|4. C Fox||5. G Rollings T|
|8. E Pollard|
|9. L Phillips|
|10. J Billing T2 C9|
|12.K Sutcliffe T|
|13. L Sutcliffe T2|
|11. W Illingworth||14. O Marshall T5|
|15. L Atkinson|
|Subs||R Town T2||T Muscat-Baron||C Hattam|
Bradfoprd Salem v Rishworthians Slideshow.
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