OLD Grovians came down to earth with a bump as a vastly understrength team were on the end of a 13-try thrashing from visitors Old Rishworthians in a 85-0 Yorkshire Two defeat.

Missing five of the previous week’s team, who were at a wedding in Bristol, and with only 19 fit players for selection, Grovians were further depleted when one pulled out on the morning of the game and centre Robin Jones was injured in the warm-up.

This meant Aiden Crabtree coming in to make his debut in the centre at the last minute.

Rishworthians raced into a 19-0 lead within 20 minutes, all three tries resulting from badly-missed tackles through the middle of the park.

After 25 minutes, makeshift hooker Liam Harrison was forced to come off and was replaced by the not fully fit John Neal.

Rishworthians added two more tries before the break to go in 31-0 up.

Matt Frost replaced the injured Pat Elcock at the break in the second row. After two minutes of the restart Max Kennedy collided with the posts attempting to stop Rishworthians' sixth try and was forced off.

Grovians, with no more replacements, were now forced to play the last 35 minutes with just 14 men.

Rishworthians were now running riot. Their backs were slick and fast and they were dominating the set-piece scrums – pushing Grovians off their own ball.

A further six tries were run in before the end as the hosts dropped to seventh place and move on to Thornesians away this week.

Old Grovians: Kennedy, Stearn, Butler, Phillips, Crabtree, Masterson, Lister, Crookes, L Harrison, Dodd-Jones, Dodd, Elcock, Secker, Johnstone, Morgan Replacements: Neal and Frost.