NORTH RIBB Colts finished their season off in style on Sunday at Beverley in the Yorkshire Bowl Final.

Having already secured the Yorkshire One League title without losing a match, they were in line to take on Hull Ionians in the final crunch clash of the campaign.

A strong wind blowing across the pitch, certainly gave the advantage to the team attacking the clubhouse end. It was a very close and competitive Final and played in a tremendous spirit from both teams. Following a cagey opening, with both teams probing for opportunities, Ionians scored from deep following a kick through and a rather fortuitous bounce of the ball, and the try was converted.

Ribb responded very well and first Ollie Drew scored from deep, with a great run which saw him dance past a couple of despairing defenders, and then Elliot Marklew finished off a punishing driving maul to go over the whitewash - another trademark Try from him.

Both tries were converted by the ever reliable Freddie Spensley. On the stroke of half-time Ionians took advantage of a defensive mishap to go through the middle and score under the posts which was then converted.

Half-time score 14-14, Ribb had the better of the conditions and dominated territory but perhaps should have gone in with the lead. The second half was extremely intense, Ribb scored within ten minutes, a lovely passage of play swept down field through various phases and players before Hugh Gamble was tackled illegally when going in for a certain Try in the corner.

The referee had no option but to award a penalty try and seven points to Ribb, 21-14. Ionians dominated the territory for the remainder of the game, using the conditions well and turned down numerous shots at goal to push for the Try.

Ribb managed the final few minutes well without ever managing to break out from their own half - perhaps a couple of offloads that didn't go to hand weren't necessary but that is the spirit of this Colts team. Ionians, infringed in the final play and it was left to Spensley to kick the ball in to touch and for the celebrations to begin., 21-14 FT.