Boro de­nied as ri­vals hit back

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LIT­TLE­BOR­OUGH al­lowed the lead to slip from their hands as they lost out to Old­ham in an en­ter­tain­ing derby clash.

Old­ham were im­me­di­ately on the front foot at kick off but a fine kick from Boro cap­tain Andy Wal­ton found touch and good pres­sure from the vis­i­tors led to a penalty award which was well con­verted by Nathan Coop to open up the scor­ing.

It took some strong tack­ling from Chris Kol­buck and Mathew Goldthorpe to stave off the home side’s bid to hit back im­me­di­ately.

Hav­ing weath­ered the storm, Boro reg­is­tered the first try of the af­ter­noon.

The ball was moved through the three­quar­ters and, af­ter an un­orto­dox pass by Andy Wal­ton, a great break was made by full­back Nathan Coop.

Pos­ses­sion was moved from Jack Whit­tles to fel­low cen­tre Nathan Ri­p­ley who crossed the line for Boro, his try con­verted by Coop.

De­spite good work from Sam Dickinson with a good tackle, Old­ham’s for­wards ap­plied strong pres­sure from a li­ne­out, lead­ing to their first points with a try. But Boro were again quick to get back on front foot, find­ing them­selves in Old­ham’s 22 me­tres cour­tesy of Mark Mur­ga­troyd and the move led to a fur­ther penalty to Boro and suc­cess again for Coop.

Once again good strong de­fence by Henry Ash­worth quelled Old­ham’s at­tack and five min­utes be­fore the break a fur­ther con­verted penalty from Coop stretched Boro’s lead to 16-5 at the break.

The sec­ond half com­menced with Boro sub­sti­tut­ing a cou­ple of play­ers and af­ter much pres­sure from the host team, Old­ham they crossed the line for their sec­ond try.

A fur­ther suc­cess­ful penalty from Coop could not pre­vent Old­ham build­ing mo­men­tum, and they cre­ated more pres­sure in Boro’s 22 me­tres, lead­ing to their third try, this time a con­verted ef­fort.

Un­usu­ally, Boro missed a penalty at­tempt and against all the odds the host team crossed the line for their fourth try and con­ver­sion to take the lead for the first time in the match at 24-19 and that’s how it fin­ished.

Once again Boro had shown their pos­i­tive ca­pa­bil­i­ties but just couldn’t make it tell and were most un­for­tu­nate not to get a pos­i­tive re­sult.

For his con­tri­bu­tion of 14 points and his qual­ity rugby from full back, Boro’s man of the match award went to Nathan Coop but all the play­ers de­served a clap on the back.

Barry Hob­son

Jake Cas­tree mes­merises the op­po­si­tion dur­ing Boro’s derby clash at Old­ham on Satur­day

Barry Hob­son

Matt Goldthorpe on de­fen­sive duty for Boro against neigh­bours Old­ham

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