Tir­ing legs take toll on plucky thirds

Rochdale Observer - - TRAVEL -

LIT­TLE­BOR­OUGH’S third team fell to de­feat in their first game of the sea­son as they went down 27-3 against Crosby St Mary’s first team at Rake­wood.

The home side, who were play­ing at this level for the first time in five years, matched Crosby for the first 60 min­utes and were un­lucky to be down 5-3 at half time.

The vis­i­tors took ad­van­tage of a tired Boro side to take home all four points.

In greasy, wet con­di­tions and with­the match be­ing the first of the new cam­paign for Lit­tle­bor­ough 3s, the game was scrappy in na­ture and would not have been one for the neu­tral as the two sides played out a slug fest.

No team was will­ing to back down or have the nec­es­sary spark to un­lock the op­po­si­tion door.

Boro in truth had the bet­ter of the first half and were lucky not to be ahead ear­lier than they did when Tom Travis hit the left hand wood­work with a penalty.

And 10 min­utes later, he would find the cen­tre of the posts af­ter Crosby had been pinged for go­ing off their feet at the break­down.

Just as though it looked like the home side would take a lead into the break, in the fi­nal play of the half Crosby squeezed over for the first try in the left hand cor­ner.

Much like the first half both teams went toe to toe with one an­other as a kick­ing duel for ter­ri­tory be­came preva­lent.

Crosby St Mary’s play­ing in their third game in the last month, took ad­van­tage of their ex­tra match stamina and fit­ness by scor­ing three more tries.

First, Crosby’s full back scithed through bro­ken field to score in the left cor­ner be­fore the vis­i­tors cen­tre broke through four Boro tack­les to score un­der the sticks.

And to add salt to the wound, Crosby en­sured their per­fect start to the sea­son con­tin­ued with an­other try in the left-hand cor­ner.

De­spite los­ing their first game, there were plenty of pos­i­tives to take away from the game for Lit­tle­bor­ough.

Most no­tably were the ad­mirable de­buts from young­sters Oliver Bam­ford, Toby Holt and full back James Briggs.

●●Ac­tion from Lit­tle­bor­ough thirds clash against Crosby St Mary’s

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