Ripon RUFC record second big win on the bounce with mauling of Ossett RUFC
Forced into making six changes to their team from their previous match, the hosts gave away an early penalty which Ossett kicked to seize a 3-0 lead.
But, that was about as good as things would get for the West Yorkshiremen as Ripon launched a swift and effective fightback.
Their first try materialised when Bray was put into space and converted his own touchdown following strong carries by Perez and Graham.
An off-side call from the restart saw Ossett awarded another penalty, which they again landed to reduce the deficit to 7–6, however a three-pointer from the boot of Bray arrived with 20 minutes on the clock.
The Blues then stepped things up a gear and, after some powerful scrummaging, Dom Dalby powered over for 15–6, with Bray adding another penalty soon afterwards.
Next to cross the whitewash was Steve Youngson after Graham put him away to score in the corner, making the score 23-6.
Ossett had the final say of the half, kicking their third penalty goal to make the interval score 23-9.
The second period started well for Ripon when after two minutes Youngson stepped inside and fed Graham with a cheeky back-hander. Bray added the extras once more for 30–9.
The Blues kept turning the screw and with the Ossett defence softened up, the unstoppable Tom Graham ran in his second try, Bray converting for 37–9.
The visitors did manage another try which narrowed the gap to 37–16, though Youngson wrapped things up late on as he stepped one way and then the other to bag for his second and Ripon’s final try.
The accurate Bray rounded off a good afternoon with the boot, converting before the final whistle sounded to take the home lead to 44-16.
Saturday’s result lifts the Blues up to sixth place in the Yorkshire Two standings. Next up is a trip to third-placed Baildon on November 4, 2.15pm kick-off.