Doncaster Phoenix 26 North Ribblesdale 19
North Ribblesdale made an early exit from the Yorkshire Shield but provided their followers with plenty to cheer about.
Many had predicted a heavy defeat and that didn’t materialise even when Ribb lost Ethan Henare with a broken arm and Sam Boatwright to a twisted knee.
Ribb showed a little too much respect for their hosts in the early stages and found themselves 14-0 down.
Skipper Jonathan Richards roused his side and they reduced the deficit before the break when Matt Speres made a sharp blind side break to put David Fox in for an unconverted try .
Ribb lost Henare and Boatwright early in the second half and conceded another try, before Fox and Speres put winger Simon Bolland clear for a score.
The visitors were shading the forward exchanges but a poorly directed chip proved costly as Doncaster scored a converted try.
Again Ribb hit back and reduced the deficit when Bolland scored a long-range try which Richards converted.
In the closing minutes a well deserved Bolland try from long range was converted by Richards.
National League One: Hartpury College v Wharfedale, Coventry v Rosslyn Park, Darlington MP v Blaydon, Ealing v Loughborough Students, Esher v Cinderford, Fylde v Blackheath, Macclesfield v Richmond, Tynedale v Old Albanian.
Yorkshire One: Bridlington v. Middlesbrough, Doncaster Phoenix v Malton and Norton, Heath v. Hullensians, Selby v Scarborough, Wath Upon Dearne v Pontefract, Yarnbury v Old Brodleians, York v North Ribblesdale.
Yorkshire Four: Hornsea v Skipton, Leeds Corinthians v Knaresborough, Mosborough v Halifax Vandals, Sheffield Oaks v Halifax, Wensleydale v. York RI, Wetherby v Ossett.