The young Crossleyans started the new year with a bang!
The game started with an error from a short kick off gifting early possession to the Rishworthians, however the Crocs showed determination at the scrum and regained possession and after putting together a few quick phases they registered their 1st score following a powerful drive from Nathan Cornish
The Rishworthians soon struck back following a charged down clearance to make the scores even. The Crocs then responded with increased vigour and began to settle into their expansive style of play, building phases from quick ruck ball and spreading the play quickly wide, this yielded a finely taken try for pacey wingman Charlie Nendick
who raced over beating the cover defence.
The Crocs continued to mount pressure and through strong forwards play under pinned by the ever present Will Hilton
, Max Balfour
broke the Rishies defence line to register another score.
The Crocs were now in full control and successfully defended any Rishworthian attack through the well organised defence marshalled by skipper ‘Jimmy’ Crabtree. Strong tackles from Reece Maccallum
, Amir Bourouh
and George Ackroyd
lead to mistakes from the opposition which was punished from a further try by Charlie Nendick
The second half saw the game tighten up with the away defence improving. The Rishowrthians then pounced on a loose pass to race towards the Crossleyans line but Amir Bourouh
covered across and bundled the visiting wing man into touch preventing an almost certain try.
The Crocs then sealed victory with a try from Joe Stott
following a maul close to the visitor’s line.