Victorious Rishies thank hosts

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Old Rishworthians’ hard work in finding a ground to play their Yorkshire Two game against Castleford paid dividends with a 34-0 win yesterday.

The Christmas floods left the Copley club with a headache but Old Crossleyans offered use of their Kensington pitch.

Rishworthians chairman of rugby Peter Morgan said: “It meant we could play a game and also offer our opponents excellent facilities.

“The help from Crossleyans was fabulous and we will always be grateful,” he said.

Castleford, currently propping up the division, were soon under pressure and centre Taniela Bakoso came through on the burst to smash his way over within five minutes. Josh Kelly added the conversion.

From then, the issue was never in doubt and but for basic mistakes Rishworthians might have had more than the six tries they registered.

Teenage wing Sam Nunn almost got a touchdown from a kick through by scrum half Gary Morris. Then Morris himself was driven over by his forwards, but the referee adjudged the ball was held up.

Rishworthians had plenty of possession but seemed unable to do much with it until fullback Liam Phillips brought the ball forward from a clearance kick and linked well with stand-off Kelly.

He made a decisive break and captain Fraser Swarbrooke came through on the burst and touched down. Kelly converted to make it 14–0 at half-time.

Swarbrooke and lock Harry Collett had dominated the lineout in the first half and from another good Collett catch the pack drove the ball over with No 8 James Clarke touching down.

Nunn almost got over after a fine break, but he was on hand shortly after to take a pass from replacement flanker Gerard Rollings, who had made good ground after picking up a loose ball.

Soon after, Rollings was there again to gather another loose ball and this time he needed no assistance as he ran over to touch down.

Morris took a quick tap penalty and put flanker Nick Faulkner in at the corner for the final score.