Good show as Boro get set for start

Middleton Guardian - - LEISURE - HARRY HAN­SON

LIT­TLE­BOR­OUGH RUFC gave a good ac­count of them­selves but ul­ti­mately came up short 31-17 in their pre-sea­son friendly match after they were beaten at Sale RUFC.

They played three 30 minute ses­sions and dur­ing the first ses­sion Boro fielded their most se­nior play­ers.

They put in a good per­for­mance, re­strict­ing the op­po­si­tion to their own half for all but the last cou­ple of min­utes.

Con­stant pres­sure from Boro even­tu­ally re­sulted in Jack Whit­tles cross­ing the line for the game’s first try after 15 min­utes, then al­most im­me­di­ately the home side worked their way into Boro’s half for the first time and ob­tained a con­verted try to edge the lead.

For Boro, cap­tain An­drew Wal­ton was in form along with Matthew Goldthorpe, Ge­orge Roberts and vice-cap­tain Chris Park, with great sup­port from the rest of the team.

In the sec­ond pas­sage of play, there was a com­pletely dif­fer­ent Boro team full of last sea­son’s se­nior colts who are now el­i­gi­ble for se­nior rugby.

They played well, in­di­cat­ing that fu­ture se­nior rugby at Boro is in ca­pa­ble hands. It was also great to see Richard Taylor come on as scrum half along with long ser­vice player Brook Reader who was very ac­tive.

Un­for­tu­nately the host side ob­tained three tries and one con­ver­sion dur­ing this pe­riod in the 44th, 47th and 55th minute of play.

In the third and fi­nal pas­sage of play, Boro made more player changes such as Michael Fletcher and

Ben Irv­ing com­ing on, and they were the only side to score dur­ing this pe­riod with a try from Brook Reader in the 68th minute fol­lowed by a try from Ian Mur­ga­troyd, con­verted by Chris Park in the 70th minute.

De­spite the loss, it was a more than sat­is­fac­tory night for Boro, and the coach­ing staff will now be ea­gerly an­tic­i­pat­ing the be­gin­ning of the new sea­son.

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