Middlesbrough 29 Old Rishworthians 21
By jason littleton
Our Heroes in Maroon and Gold back to winning ways
A great day at Acklam Park saw Middlesbrough return to winning ways.
After a couple of early exchanges Old Rish were on the attack when they spilled the ball forward, quick as a flash the Boro backs moved the ball wide where fly half Andy Micklewright drew the last defender and popped the ball back inside to wing Rhys Kilbride who scored under the posts, with the conversion from full back Brendan Hill that made the score 7-0 to the home team.
Straight from the kick off the ball was collected by the forwards and then spun along the line to Kilbride who raced up the field and scored in the corner, a more difficult conversion was missed 12-0 to the Boro.
A few minutes later Kilbride received the ball again with the Boro backs playing "Champagne" rugby he then passed it on to skipper Pete Homan who raced away for a third try for the maroon and golds and with the conversion by Hill this made it 19-0
Just before the 25 minute mark Rhys Kilbride found the ball in his hands again and set off beating 3 defenders to score his hat trick try and bonus point for the Boro was secured 24-0
Were the floodgates about to open? Not in this league, back came the visitors with two quick tries before half time both converted making it 24-14 at the break.
After the break the game ebbed and flowed attack being thwarted by good defence on both sides of the ball.
In a trip to the Old's 22 Boro pressed for another score and after some hard runs centre Pete Homan crashed over for his second of the afternoon making the score 29-14 conversion by Hill hit the post and bounced away.
In the last few minutes the visitors scored their final try and conversion making the final score Middlesbrough RUFC 29 Old Rishworthians 21
Man of the match as chosen by the opposition went to Hat trick hero Rhys "Lightning legs" Kilbride though special mention must go to stand in props Myles and Sloany and part time hooker Helmy who performed well in unfamiliar roles. Good strong running from Tarmac and Liam Wilson and super defence from Shauny Boy and the rest of the lads made for a cracking bonus point win.
At this point I must mention that I was approached by a certain scrum half in the club who told me, in jest I hope, that he felt that he was not getting enough mentions in these reports, so here goes.... CONNER FOLEY that Drop Kick!!!! The ball is supposed to bounce before you kick it Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha....be careful what you wish for buddy
A fab afternoon's entertainment worthy of the Players Reunion held on the day.