Boro brush aside rivals Fleetwood
LITTLEBOROUGH RUFC picked up a big win on Saturday after emphatically brushing aside Fleetwood RUFC at Rakewood Road.
After long periods of rain the sun broke through just before kick-off and the match was played in excellent conditions.
Early pressure from the Boro forwards took play immediately into the opposition half, with Fleetwood in turn trying to run with the ball down into Boro’s half.
Scrummaging seemed to be going Littleborough’s way and after only seven minutes winger Andrew Roberts was over the try line for the first score, converted by Richard Taylor.
Shortly afterwards the visitors converted a penalty to register the first of their points to the board.
On kick-off, Boro’s captain Andy Walton got well involved in the game followed by a good kick to touch near the opposition line by Taylor, but then unfortunately Ted Chadwick had to leave the field due to injury to his lower leg.
Once again Boro were in the opposition 25 metre area but then gave away a penalty which led to a period of the visitors’ putting on pressure, which eventually gave them another penalty to make the score 7-6.
Littleborough stepped up their game, and Matthew Goldthorpe put in a strong run which was finished off with an excellent run and try by Josh Park, again converted by Taylor.
Then within minutes, a further Boro attack brought another converted try to widen the points gap. Following this Littleborough pressure, they found themselves defending their own try line and it was left to that man again Goldthorpe to take the ball in his old position of winger and from five metres from his own line, he brought memories of the past by rounding three opposition players and run the full length of the pitch to touch down under the posts for Boro’s fourth try, with the conversion to follow.
Further delays came due to opposition player injuries, but there was still time for a further converted penalty by Boro to end the first half.
The start of the second half saw Andy West brought on in the centre position, and soon constant pressure by Boro saw Goldthorpe again on the attack, followed by centre Jack Whittles scoring a further Boro try, again converted.
Sam Dickinson came on to the field of play, and again Goldthorpe provided a strong tackle, followed by a further penalty kick by Taylor to increase Littleborough’s lead.
Nathan Coop at fullback made a good catch of the ball from the opposition and put in a great return kick of the ball to touch and with 10 minutes left, Taylor made a great individual run to score a further Littleborough try, but there was no conversion this time.
Fortunately there was still time for Coop to kick the ball well downfield and amazingly followed it up to retrieve the ball and cross the try line for yet another five points, which was again converted.
Once again another win for Boro showing great determination and a good team performance.