NORTH Ribblesdale put on a commanding display against previously third placed Roundhegians with a display that demonstrated quality in defence and an attacking flair not seen for a few years at Grove Park.

Early honours were even with the visitors’ pacy back Punton kicking an early penalty. This was followed by a great team try when after a break from centre Simon Bolland, the ball was quickly spread wide with young full back Freddie Spensley giving a well-timed pass to hungry wing speedster John Davidson who scampered home from 20 metres.

Ribb’s forwards were in the ascendency against bigger opponents and from a close scrum skipper Alex Dew got the touchdown as the Hegians pack visibly wilted under pressure. Player Coach Tom Davidson added the extras to both tries and also exchanged penalties to give Ribb a 17 - 6 interval lead.

With the elements now in their favour the result looked favourable for this improving Ribb side and so it proved. From the restart Ribb won a line out and young Elliot Marklew burst through a leaky defence to bullock over from close range this was followed by another fine team try after Ralph Wellock, Ryan Sumner, Simon Bolland and Tom Davidson were involved and Micky Thwaite going over the whitewash.

Both tries were converted as well as two further penalties by Tom Davidson, who has not missed a kick since he started playing again, in what was an emphatic 37-6 win against aspirational opponents.

This win takes Ribb into third place and something is stirring at Grove Park as improvement can be visibly seen on a weekly basis. 

Next time out, they are at home in a cup quarter final against Northallerton who are undefeated so far this season, before league action is resumed the week after away at a resurgent Bramley who like Ribb are on a winning streak.