Ripon’s run of matches without a win was extended to 8 with another home defeat against their visitors from Rotherham.
The usual problems were again apparent with first up tackles being missed and basic mistakes gifting the opposition with scoring opportunities.
The Mallorie Park side started well and could have taken an early lead when a dropped pass was hacked on by Spilman.The ball was picked up by the same player who made good ground before being caught by the Wath cover defence.The pass to the supporting player went to ground and the chance was gone.
Ripon did open the scoring however when a strong run by winger Jason Bell took play close to the Wath line.The resulting scrum was dominated by the Ripon pack and Adam SCOTT-PAUL
was able to take advantage to score wide out.
The next 10 minutes was disastrous for the home side as a series of mistakes let the visitors in for 3 converted tries and conceded a straight forward penalty which virtually put the game out of reach.
This period of play summed up the season so far for Ripon as lapses in concentration, even for a short time, have been punished by their opponents and the end result becomes inevitable.
Within the space of ten minutes Ripon had lost the lead and were now trailing 24 –5 with a mountain to climb.
The remainder of the game was evenly contested but the damage had been done.
The Ripon scummaging was the highlight of the game for the home side and and just before half time prop forward Mark Sadler
barged over for his first try for the club after more good work by the pack.
With the half time score at 24-10 there was much work to be done but Ripon hit back again with a try by scrum half Rob Nicholson and with Scott MCARA
’s conversion they were back in touch.
At 17 -24 and at least a bonus point within their grasp the familiar indiscipline raised it’s ugly head again and needless indiscretions cost Ripon territorial advantage and with it a kickable penalty to Wath which cost them even the consolation of one point.
Ripon played well for periods of the game with the pack dominating the set scrums but were always vulnerable to counter attacks after making mistakes and once again the first up tackling cost them dearly.