Wigton feel the Boro backlash
LITTLEBOROUGH RUFC returned to winning ways after picking up a comfortable win at home to Wigton.
Having travelled to Cumbria last weekend, Boro played host to another Cumbrian team and this time reversed the result with a strong display.
The game began with early penalties to the visitors being missed and as usual Littleborough were pressed back in their own half.
Two minutes later Boro’s right winger Liam Lloyd made a good break then passed the ball onto centre Jack Whittles, who in turn fed hooker Mathew Goldthorpe for him to score Boro’s first try, converted by Richard Taylor to take an early lead.
This changed the structure of the game and now Littleborough played the next period in the visitors half. Then Boro came under attack again which led to their captain Andy Walton making a strong tackle but shortly after Wigton did convert their second penalty for them to get on the scoreboard.
Now Boro were retaliating with strong play by Josh Park, before Kearns made a break up his left wing beating one player then passed the ball on to Taylor for him to score Littleborough’s second
try which he also converted.
Boro were now showing strength in defence with a strong tackle from forward Henry Ashworth as once again they were put on the back foot by the visitors, who at this period converted a further penalty.
Now second row forward for Littleborough, Ben Irving was not only showing his defensive skills but also winning back ball possession for his team.
Just prior to half-time a great ball passing attack from Boro got full-back Nigel Coop over for his side’s third try, again converted by Taylor, who shortly afterwards was again successful with Boro’s first and only penalty, making it 24-6 at the break.
At the start of the second half Littleborough’s first attack saw winger David Kearns make his way over the line for his team’s fourth try, again converted by Taylor.
There were then changes in Boro’s team as prop Mark Murgatroyd had to come off with an injury and was replaced by Stuart Bairstow.
Boro were then back on the attack again and winger Lloyd crossed the line for their fifth try, but this time no conversion.
This was soon followed with a great break from Littleborough’s scrum half Taylor, nearly bringing another try for the hosts.
There was full pressure on Wigton by Boro with a brilliant break forward by Goldthorpe and Park, culminating in attack after attack but they were just unable to cross that try line again.
Full credit to the visitors though as they didn’t give up and with ten minutes left they surprisingly worked their way up field and scored their first try, with no conversion.
They didn’t stop there, as two minutes into extra time Wigton got their second unconverted try to reduce the deficit slightly and make the final score 36-16.
It was a quality performance from Boro and their coaches Michael Howard and Domanic Fraternali will be delighted, with the stand out players including Ben Irving, Josh Park, Henry Ashworth and Sam Dickinson.
Littleborough will now look to try and build on their victory when they are next in action on Saturday, making the trip to Bolton in a North Lancs/ Cumbria division match.
Matt Goldthorpe has the Wigton defence on the back foot during Boro’s win at Rakewood at the weekend
Chris Hough in action against Wigton