Lough­bor­ough Town Ladies hold on to se­cure vic­tory

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LOUGH­BOR­OUGH TOWN

LADIES 26 NOVCASTRIAN LADIES 17 LOUGH­BOR­OUGH Town Ladies saw off a spir­ited fight back from North East side Novo­cas­trian Ladies to fin­ish the first half of the sea­son with a bonus point win.

The vis­i­tors had the first chance to get on the score­board win­ning a penalty right in front of the posts in the first minute but the re­sul­tant kick went wide of the mark and from then on the game ebbed and flowed as both sides tested each other for the open­ing score.

On 16 min­utes Boro had worked their way up­field with some great phase play and af­ter win­ning a penalty 10 me­tres out Lough­bor­ough’s ever vig­i­lant scrum half Amy Relf took a quick tap and go to off­load to cen­tre Leilah Mills to crash over for the first try with Relf con­vert­ing to go 7-0 up.

The lead was dou­bled af­ter 25 min­utes when Afkir’s sec­ond row part­ner Cailin Jo Tyler cre­ated a turnover on half­way pounc­ing on the loose ball af­ter spoil­ing Novo­cas­tri­ans li­ne­out, Relf was once again was quick to re­act and tak­ing the ball from the back of the ruck sold a de­light­ful dummy pass to step back in­side and show a clean pair of heels as she raced away to score and con­vert for 14-0.

The vis­i­tors had the last say when Boro couldn’t deal with a driv­ing maul five me­ters out to make it 14-5 and a re­minder the New­cas­tle based out­fit were still in the game.

Lough­bor­ough’s an­swer was swift in­deed, from the restart Prop Aoife Tully forced a knock on and from the re­sul­tant scrum came ar­guably the best try of the game when a move straight of the train­ing ground saw out­side cen­tre Mireia Gar­cía San­ti­ago cut a great line for the new­comer to score her first try on her de­but, all af­ter Relf and cen­tre Leilah Mills traded passes to cre­ate the open­ing, Relf’s con­ver­sion took the home side to 21-5 af­ter one minute of play.

Any thoughts Lough­bor­ough had of tak­ing con­trol of this fix­ture were short lived, re­peated penal­ties saw Boro back pedalling and Novo’s cap­i­talised to close the gap to 21-10 but a try from San­ti­ago made it 26-10.

A con­verted try sec­onds from the end gave the vis­i­tors a bonus point but Boro claimed the vic­tory 26-17.

Lough­bor­ough Town Ladies full back Emma Doot­son on a charge.

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