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Match report Saturday 8th November Yorkshire 4
Rishworthians went two points clear at the top of Yorkshire Four after a well deserved victory over their nearest rivals. While it was not a flawless performance it was one to savour for the Copley men, who showed real dominance in the second half. The visitors were very competitive, particularly up front, and while they gained plenty of possession, Rishworthians' play was so strong it prevented them doing anything with it and they rarely threatened the home line.

Bramley opened both halves fiercely, but their play was too one-dimensional to break the home defence. After weathering the early storm, Rishworthians fought back and were unlucky not to open the scoring when left wing Joe Billing was just unable to touch down after a clever overhead kick from skipper Gary Morris. Fullback Aaron Canning burst through to set up play near the Bramley line and from a scrum stand-off Jamie Bloem put in a delicate kick, which this time Billing was able to gather and score. Bloem added the conversion.

Having just scored, Rishworthians went to sleep. Almost straight from the restart, they were caught offside. From the quickly taken penalty, which seemed to pose little threat, they were leaden-footed and allowed Bramley centre Sam Wilson to nip in at the corner. It was a wake-up call to the home men and they responded with a fine try. Centre Chris Flanagan burst through, linked with Billing, who slipped the ball inside at the last minute for Bloem to coast over. Bloem added the conversion with another fine kick to give the Copley men a 14 - 5 lead at the break.

Half time Rishworthians 14 - 5 Bramley Phoenix

Rishworthians' main fault in the first half was in giving away possession too many times. But they remedied this and at the end were totally dominant, pinning the visitors in their own half for much of the second period. There were a number of long-sustained forward drives from the Bramley pack at the start of the second half. Rishworthians stood firm and drove them back and once Bloem had put them further ahead with a penalty, there was no way back for the visitors.

The last try was an outstanding one. After the forwards won a turnover, the ball came out to left wing Nick Faulkner. He put in a strong run before slipping it inside to supporting hooker Simon Edmundson, and then receiving the return pass to drive on and touch down in the corner. The home side finished the game strongly and might have had two more tries in the dying minutes, but were well satisfied with the deserved victory.

Full time Rishworthians 22 - 5 Bramley Phoenix

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