OLD Rishworthians put in their poorest performance of the season, but it was still enough to secure a 25-6 win over Burley and stretch their lead at the top of Yorkshire III to 24 points.
They had to come from behind against a spirited Burley side but had enough to control most of the second half, but up until then it was anybody’s game with the Leeds visitors looking the most likely, especially after securing a six-point lead.
With players missing in the front five, Rishworthians found it difficult to get a foothold, making too many mistakes and giving away too many penalties and showing some woeful passing.
The visitors kicked two goals as the penalty count against Rishworthians mounted, but finally they got the ball out wide and Shoesmith touched down in the corner.
The Copley side came out in the second half trailing 6-5, but took the lead thanks to man of the match, flanker Chris Dyson, who burst through to score from a tap penalty.
However, the home side grew more frustrated due to their own errors and some excellent defensive work by the visitors.
They did relaxed a little after Aaron Canning at last found his kicking boots to make it 13 – 6 with a penalty and Dyson then sealed the match with a solo effort in a 50-yard run to score his second and the club’s 100th try of the season to make it 18-6.
Rishworthians turned on the style with Shoesmith and centre Luke Flanagan inter-passing before the centre cruised in under the posts for the bonus point try, Canning adding the conversion.
Old Crossleyans were winners in North I East as they scored a 30-20 home success against Northern.
In Yorkshire I the Calderdale derby won 21-20 by visiting Old Brodleians against rivals Heath.