Colts crash against lofty opponents
LITTLEBOROUGH Colts lost their first game of the season as they were put to the sword by a sublime Sefton side.
Pitting their unbeaten record against a team two divisions above them in this year’s cup competition, spectators wanted to see a competitive game and they were not disappointed in a clash that ended 15-34.
The visitors took the lead with two tries from their centre pairing, running from deep and wrong footing the Boro defence.
Once again Harry Gee led the fightback and Littleborough soon found themselves battering the Sefton line.
Ben Stott was in no mood to leave the opposing half without any points and crashed over to take the score to a narrow 12-5 at half time.
Using the advantage of the Rakewood slope in the second half, the Merseyside-based outfit opened up and some clinical finishing kept the scoreboard ticking over.
A fierce battle amongst the forwards saw some great carries and great tackling from Jack Ratcliffe, Charlie Holmes, Nick Mannion and Damian McCormack to let Sefton know they were still in a game.
Great return running and attacking from Charlie Sutcliffe, Liam Heap, Isaac Price and Oliver Duke made the Sefton backs work hard and the young men in black, green and yellow came very close to closing the gap.
Littleborough’s scrum and lineout, led by Matt Bradbury, held firm giving the colts a fighting chance.
However, Sefton were very composed and again some clinical finishing pushed the score to 34-5 with 15 mins left.
Sensing defeat only served to re-energise the home side to try to regain parity.
Great support from the Rakewood faithful lifted the Colts to dominate the close of the game.
Quick thinking from Bradley Watts, a constant thorn in the Sefton side and Nolan, switched the Boro attack which saw Jacob Harrison dive over for Boro’s second.
Not happy with a consolation try Littleborough continued the attack uphill and more great controlled rugby led by Gee saw Holmes twist and crash over for Boro’s third in the dying seconds to give the 34-15 scoreline a much fairer representation of the Littleborough performance.
The team ethic and never say die attitude from the Rakewood outfit epitomises the culture of this squad.
The opposition management were very complimentary of the spirit skill and toughness of the Littleborough lads, who sit two divisions below them.
Next up the Colts take on Aldwinians in league action.
Finishing as champions is the only thought running through the side. A very realistic goal for a team really enjoying their rugby.