Thirds in pole po­si­tion

Middleton Guardian - - LEISURE - AARON JONES

LIT­TLE­BOR­OUGH Thirds moved one step closer to the Di­vi­sion 4 East ti­tle with an­other im­pres­sive 61-7 de­mo­li­tion of Traf­ford MV Thirds.

With five games left of the reg­u­lar sea­son and with an eight point lead, Lit­tle­bor­ough could not af­ford to slip up at home with big games against pro­mo­tion ri­vals Wilm­slow and Glos­sop to come. In­stead Lit­tle­bor­ough put to­gether a sen­sa­tional dis­play of all round rugby from fluid run­ning rugby in at­tack and fe­ro­cious line speed and turnover rates in de­fence. Scor­ing 9 tries in to­tal Lit­tle­bor­ough have not only dra­mat­i­cally in­creased their points dif­fer­ence but cap­i­talised on main ri­vals Glos­sop’s shock de­feat at the hands of Hope Val­ley.

Team man­agers Rob Hensby and Adam Brace­gir­dle along with their sup­port­ers would have been de­lighted with the way their team started as they scored a world class open­ing try more be­fit­ting a Six Na­tions game rather than a 3rd team con­test. Keep­ing pos­ses­sion whilst mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant yardage through a num­ber of crash balls, the quick ball was fired out to the open spaces of the wing for Luke Carter to dive over. Prop Mat Wild, played like a man who has clearly been miss­ing rugby, scored his first of two tries on a barn­storm­ing run to the line.

It was not be­fore he also took ad­van­tage of a quick tap penalty taken by Tom Travis and his sig­nif­i­cant frame to crash over from close range.

An­other Boro star who can be very dif­fi­cult to stop when in full flight is Ja­son Clegg and the sea­soned ti­tan used all his brawn and brain to carve throuhg Traf­ford on the way to an­other dou­ble.

The for­wards con­sis­tently set the plat­form for a com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory with great en­deav­our at the set piece as well as legally win­ning the break­down.

H.A.T Steve for in­stance pro­duced 6 turnovers in an in­cred­i­ble dis­play from the for­wards.

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