Derby prove too strong for Ladies

Rochdale Observer - - SPORT -

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.

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