Boro thirds have wind in their sails

Rochdale Observer - - TRAVEL - AARON JONES

A FIRST half brace from Kon­rad Hill sent Lit­tle­bor­ough third team top of the ta­ble in hor­ren­dous con­di­tions at Rake­wood.

Gale-force winds and heavy persistent rain caused by Storm Brian played a hugely sig­nif­i­cant part in the game and en­sured that who­ever played with the wind at their backs would have the ma­jor­ity of the pos­ses­sion, ter­ri­tory and chance to win the game.

And that was how the first half panned out. The home side scored 3 unan­swered tries in the first 40 min­utes. The Lit­tle­bor­ough pack took the rolling maul from the line-out from the 22-me­tre line to the try-line, and as Burnage grimly tried to halt their progress, hooker Steve Hat was the man in the right place at the right time to go over for his first Lit­tle­bor­ough try.

It would soon be 12-0 as fly half Hill scythed his way through a hole in mid­field me­tres out from the Burnage line, af­ter ter­rific build up play had the vis­i­tors de­fence scram­bling.

Lit­tle­bor­ough failed to break down Burnage again un­til the last play of the first half. Great hands in mid­field by James Muir and Aaron Jones sent Corey Chap­lin free down the right. He had the where­withal to off load to his back three part­ner Leigh Nolan, who on his birth­day beat three men and off loaded to Hill to race clear of the cov­er­ing de­fence.

Come the sec­ond half and with both the con­di­tions and the hill favour­ing Burnage, it was the vis­i­tors who would spend 78 per cent of the time in Lit­tle­bor­ough ter­ri­tory.

For­tu­nately for the home side, they could not make the ad­van­tage count as well as the new ta­ble top­pers.

Cen­tre Clegg blasted his big frame through a num­ber of tack­les to touch down at the base of the post while vis­it­ing num­ber 10 fin­ished off a flow­ing move down the right hand side to give them­selves 5 min­utes to level the scores and take some­thing from the game.

Burnage nearly did just that on sev­eral oc­ca­sions as both the out­side cen­tre and the open­side flanker guilty of drop­ping the ball me­tres from the try line. How­ever Lit­tle­bor­ough would hang on and con­tinue their ter­rific start to the sea­son.

Matthew Hay­den of Lit­tle­bor­ough Thirds

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