GUISBOROUGH began 2019 with an entertaining game away at Old Rishworthians. With a plethora of players unavailable, the omens did not appear good, especially when the hosts ran in two early scores and kicked a penalty to open up a 15 points lead.

The Priorymen put points on the board just before half-time when James Clark dived over to score after a spell of pressure on the hosts’ try-line.

The second half saw Guisborough dominate proceedings and, after a spell of play in the opposition 22, a penalty was awarded to the visitors. A quick-tap and excellent passing saw Phil Shields receive the ball. With a wall of defence in front of him, the full-back propelled himself forward, diving full length to score in the corner. Clark added the conversion and then landed a penalty to bring the scores level.

Unfortunately, Old Rishworthians restored their lead with a try of their own, before Guisborough hit back once more. Shields and PJ Finken-Hayes combined before an inside pass released Tony Conway who had the strength to touch down and score.

However, it was the hosts who wrapped up proceedings with the final score of the game. This was cruel on Guisborough as it meant that they came away without any bonus points with the scoreboard reading: Old Rishworthians 29 points, Guisborough 20 points.

A valiant effort by the Priorymen, who entertain Keighley RUFC at the Belmangate ground tomorrow, kick-off 2.15pm.