Tigers tamed for Wa­ter­fall Cup progress

Rochdale Observer - - LEISURE GARDENING FOOD WINE -

LIT­TLE­BOR­OUGH Un­der 14 boys se­cured a place in third round of the Lan­cashire Wa­ter­fall Cup with a nar­row 27-26 vic­tory at Sed­g­ley Park Tigers.

Two tries and a con­ver­sion from Ben Wil­liamson along­side ef­forts from Ben Crab­tree, Olly Mills and Thomas Kelly were enough to guar­an­tee the Rake­wood out­fit would con­tinue in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Pit­ted against a strong side in their own back­yard, Lit­tle­bor­ough’s Un­der 14s, with a thread­bare 15 play­ers, were al­ways go­ing to find it dif­fi­cult.

How­ever, a stun­ning first half per­for­mance matched with a com­posed sec­ond made it mis­sion ac­com­plished.

Nei­ther side were able to dom­i­nate for long pe­ri­ods, which re­sulted in a topsy turvy first half in which both teams were able to score.

After a pe­riod of sus­tained pres­sure Ben Wil­liamson opened the scor­ing and a nar­row five point lead for the vis­i­tors.

His con­ver­sion could not find its tar­get in what was a dif­fi­cult at­tempt for the young­ster.

Sed­g­ley ral­lied quickly and turned the game on its head by scor­ing two quick­fire tries, one of which was con­verted for a seven-point lead.

To­wards the end of the half, Lit­tle­bor­ough got them­selves right back into the game by land­ing their own sucker punch, scor­ing two tries of their own.

Wil­liamson was joined on the score­sheet by Thomas Kelly.

All this meant that Boro ended the half lead­ing by a score of 17 points to12.

The sec­ond half started with Boro on the front foot and they man­aged to again un­lock a stub­born Sed­g­ley de­fence to score.

Olly Mills was mas­ter and chief of the home side’s demise to ex­tend their lead to more than a con­verted try.

Bury based Sed­g­ley were not about to say good­bye to a chance of sil­ver­ware, how­ever, and they cap­i­talised on some sloppy play and poor game man­age­ment from the vis­i­tors to get back into the game with two quick tries.

Both con­ver­sions were clin­i­cally notched through the posts.

With the score now 22-26 in Sed­g­ley’s favour, Boro re­gained their com­po­sure and with the pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory they gained, they were able to score through Ben Crab­tree to re­claim a point ad­van­tage go­ing into the clos­ing stages.

The last few min­utes of the game saw Sed­g­ley on the at­tack, but thanks to some strong and res­o­lute de­fence, Lit­tle­bor­ough held firm to ven­ture to the next round with a 27-26 vic­tory.

Bradley Chrimes, Ben Crab­treee, Harry Crab­tree, James Devine, Tom Fen­ton, James Fur­nell, Cayan Har­ris, Luke Jones, Thomas Kelly, Olly Mills, Will Rawl­in­son, Max Risby, Ruben War­bur­ton, Ben Wil­liams, Ben Wil­liamson.

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