Tiring legs take toll on plucky thirds
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