Thorn­ton are too strong for seconds

Rochdale Observer - - TRAVEL -

LIT­TLE­BOR­OUGH seconds fought tena­ciously all game with a thread­bare team but could not pre­vent table top­pers Thorn­ton Cleve­leys 1sts claim an­other home win.

The Fylde coast club have en­joyed a sub­lime un­beaten run this sea­son and showed that right from the off with two straight forward penal­ties 15 me­tres out. It could have been more but Boro’s de­fence was im­pen­e­tra­ble in close quarters.

Paul Fino, Josh El­lidge and Ge­orge Roberts all con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to the de­fen­sive mas­ter­piece.

Home side Thorn­ton cer­tainly like to throw the ball around in mid­field and dis­played some cre­ative at­tack­ing play, carved open the vis­i­tors with a try from the open­side flanker.

Un­de­terred by the deficit Lit­tle­bor­ough scored their first points of the game as Do­minic Ker­shaw kicked over a penalty from the left hand side as winger Aaron Jones was taken out off the ball.

De­spite the over­whelm­ing pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory in favour of the home side, the scores reg­is­tered 13-3 at the break.

Un­for­tu­nately for Boro, it was Thorn­ton’s right sided winger who would utilise a bro­ken field to race clear for the first while his fel­low winger made his mark with a try in the left cor­ner.

Thorn­ton were for­tu­nate to have the try awarded as they ben­e­fited from two forward passes in the im­mi­nent build up.

In a sec­ond half for the wingers, Lit­tle­bor­ough’s Joel Rawl­in­son scored in the right cor­ner in sup­port of his scrum half Kon­rad Hill.

The 25-year-old would have scored him­self if could kept his feet from a great last ditch tap tackle from the num­ber 7.

The Thorn­ton open­side flanker would con­tinue to have his say on pro­ceed­ings as he scored his sec­ond try of the af­ter­noon from close range on the right hand side of the post.

With the score at 32-8 the fi­nal whis­tle, Thorn­ton started 2018 like they fin­ished in 2017 while Lit­tle­bor­ough hope that a run of home games in the next month re­vi­talise their pro­mo­tion push.

Action from Lit­tle­bor­ough seconds’ clash against Thorn­ton

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