Derby prove too strong for Ladies
LITTLEBOROUGH’S Ladies first competitive league game ended in disappointment as they were out-thought and outplayed by a quality Derby outfit.
Heading into the game as underdogs, Littleborough would always be up against it given the nine-year experience of the visitors to Rakewood.
Boro’s pink warriors in comparison had only been together one year.
From the first minute, Littleborough found themselves under the cosh as a turnover in the Boro 22 meant Derby could break down the blind side and score their first through Katie Mulqueen.
Another swift blind side gave the visitors their second as Ada Lo profited from some slick passing in the midfield to dive down for the try and make the score board read 10-0.
Littleborough managed to regain their composure and asserted some of their own dominance on the game with big break line bursts from Sam Plant, Megan Buckley and Paige Travis but could not quite find that final pass or were denied well by an organised Derby side.
As with most sports, if you don’t take your chances you will get punished and unfortunately for the energetic and passionate Littleborough ladies, they would find out to their detriment.
Winger Jenna Bierton hit open space in midfield at pace and used her speed and change of direction to sprint in and around full back Claire Harrison and covering winger Megan Buckley to score under the sticks.
Despite some abrasive strong tackling, Littleborough could not prevent Derby adding to their advantage with tries from Lucy Satchell and a second from Bierton.
The tries came in complete contrast to one another, with Lucy’s being a powerful finish from just inside the Boro half while Jenna scored her second with a close range burst from all of four yards.
Visitors Derby topped off a terrific first half performance with a second close range effort, this time Sian Atton the happy beneficiary finishing off a barrage of constant Derby phases.
So with the score ominously sat at 34-0 at half time, Littleborough had a chance to recompose themselves and an opportunity to put in a good show in the second half and boy did they.
First, the home side made some phenomenal try saving tackles down the left hand side before going up the other end and putting their first points of the afternoon on the board.
A number of metre making pick and drives from the base of ruck had Derby back pedalling before Skye Wilson darted over for her first competitive open age try at Rakewood.
The try was greeted with the biggest cheer of the afternoon and was soon followed by more as Claire Harrison coolly slotted home the conversion.
Derby were tiring and this lead to a much closer contest with Littleborough finding their rhythm in both attack and defence. Unfortunately, as much as you can keep a team at bay, quality clinical sides will find a way through.
Right winger Lucy Satchell obtained her second of the afternoon with good pace to outmanoeuvre her opposite number before Derby’s sixth different try scorer Carmel Teager ran a great support line 20 metres out from Boro’s try line to dive over in the left corner.
In defiance of the result, Littleborough can be pleased with the effort and commitment shown this Sunday afternoon and will take away a lot of positives into a tough away fixture at Halifax in two weeks’ time.