Positive start to year for Boro
LITTLEBOROUGH RUFC ended their run of defeats and started the year with a draw at home to Keswick RUFC.
It was a great performance from Boro as a number of top individual performances made it look like it would be a win for the hosts, but Keswick managed to earn a draw at the death.
Littleborough took the early initative at the start of the game and made several attacking moves, starting with their forwards and then continuing with their three quarters, playing some positive rugby not seen by them for the past few matches.
It culminated in a penalty award after only eight minutes, but they missed this attempt, along with a couple of other kicks throughout the course of the match that would have led to another 12 points in total.
It was equal pressure by both teams, the best of which came from Boro with Sam Dickinson standing out along with Jack Whittles and Matthew Goldthorpe.
Now back in his familiar position of full back, Chris Park carried out excellent play by catching all the high balls sent up to him by the opposition and then attacking with clever individual runs.
Unfortunately Boro had to lose Martin Hayden from the game with injury and he was replaced by Henry Ashworth, who soon got into the pace of the match.
There was then another penalty awarded to Littleborough, and this time it was converted by Chris Hough, who like the rest of the team was putting himself about with all of his experience.
Attacking in the opposition half Park again collected the ball in the air and followed on with a good break, all positive play not seen by Boro for some time. Then to top this exciting positive play by Littleborough, winger Lloyd received a pass and ran in a great try, the first of the day to put Boro eight points in the lead.
Unfortunately the visiting team hit back and coming to the close of the first half they went over for a converted try and a penalty to lead 10-8 at the break.
The turn of the second half saw Littleborough’s three quarters giving excellent running back play with the ball, and they were well supplied by scrum half Chris Kolbuck, who was having a strong game urging his forwards on.
Centre three quarter Jack Whittles was showing his positive ability with strong running, culminating in wing forward Jacob Castree making a great break down the middle of the park where Boro forwards got together and that player again Goldthorpe crossed the line for his side’s second try to help them take the overall lead.
It got even better for Littleborough against a team that had only lost two games all season, as Goldthorpe, through support from his fellow forwards, crossed the line for his second try and Boro’s third overall, to put his side eight points ahead with very little time left.
Keswick reduced the deficit with a penalty, before breaking Littleborough hearts right at the death by crossing for another try in the dying seconds to earn themselves a draw.
Despite the late setback, it was a fantastic performance by Boro, and they’ll try to build on the performance when they’re back in action on Saturday as they make the trip to Wigton RUFC.
Chris Roberts, Murphy Holt and Chris Kolbuck
Andy Walton tackles during the clash against Keswick