Thornton are too strong for seconds
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