Ripon felled at fellow strugglers as they seek a rise up the table

hsb  Ripon v Leodensians.   (121208M4c)
hsb Ripon v Leodensians. (121208M4c)

Ripon were unlucky to lose their Yorkshire Two bottom of the table battle 24-17 at Old Rishworthians on Saturday.

They welcome Barnsley to Mallorie Park on Saturday, and will be desperate to make amends as they seek a way back up the table.

After an enterprising start and despite some late squad changes, Ripon allowed their hosts back into the game to clinch victory.

From the outset, Ripon took the ball at pace to their opposition and held Rishworthians in their own 22 from the kick off, their perseverance rewarded by a penalty goal from Ashley Rio.

From the next restart, Ripon again pressed the home side and James Potter burst from a driving maul to scamper over unchallenged, Rio’s conversion giving the visitors a 10 point lead in as many minutes.

Ripon continued their attacking phases, but an unfortunate turnover saw a speedy counter attack hand Rishworthians a first converted try on 17 minutes.

At 24 minutes after a well taken penalty touch kick, the hosts won a line out and drove in from 15 metres out to take the lead with their second converted try.

Ripon responded and just after the 30 minute mark, a penalty to Ripon five metres out saw a master stroke from Rio, who placed a cross-field kick with pin point accuracy into the waiting arms of Ben James, who ran in Ripon’s second try.

Rio then added the conversion from the opposite side of the field from where he kicked the penalty.

Not to be outdone, Rishworthians pressed back and from the restart delivered a carbon copy of their previous try, with a penalty touch kick and a simple lineout catch and drive which saw them lead 19-17 at the break.

Rishworthians started the second half with a pushover try from a five-metre scrum but after that there were few scoring opportunities.

Rio went close with a penalty goal attempt on 60 minutes, butfrom that moment onwards, there were no further scores and the home team had the game well and truly in the bag.

Ripon continue their league action with a home game against Barnsley this Saturday (2.15pm)

Meantime, the club has announced a new chairman in the form of Adam Briggs, who has been invovled with Ripon RUFC for 40 years.