Rish see red as clinical Beverley produce top performance
OLD RISHWORTHIANS 7 BEVERLEY 27
RISHWORTHIANS can have no grumbles as they were beaten by a Beverley side which was arguably the best they have played against this season.
While losing by five tries to one, it was a very competitive game spoiled by a fierce gale.
Beverley had the edge and were clinical throughout. Even losing one man to a red card for leading with the elbow seemed to make little difference to them.
Rishworthians had plenty of chances, particularly playing with the wind in the first half.
In a frenetic opening 15 minutes both sides were keen to run the ball. Several times Rishworthians looked likely to score, but were stopped just short, an ankle tap depriving left wing Anthony Shoesmith when he looked certain to score.
Beverley pressed strongly and, despite good home tackling, finally forced their way over for an unconverted try.
Then came the red card, but it seemed to have little effect. A break in the centre led to a ruck near the home line and the ball popped out for an unconverted try in the corner.
Rishworthians picked up two yellow cards and Beverley took advantage, classy fullback Luke Hazell scoring in the corner to make it 15-0 at the break.
The visitors kept up the pressure in the second half and a scrambled converted try gave them the bonus point.
Rishworthians fought back and forced their way over, Fraser Swarbrooke getting the touch down wide out. Kelly kicked a superb conversion, but in the last minutes Beverley’s constant pressure brought a try to end the game.
Huddersfield’s Ross Thornton tries to break through the Macclesfield defencePIC: RAYMOND MORRIS
Old Rish’s Gez Rollings is elbowed by a Beverley playerPIC: JADE KILBRIDE