After in­ter­val

Neigh­bours make home ad­van­tage pay


LO­CAL ri­vals Rochdale made home ad­van­tage count as they took vic­to­ries in nu­mer­ous match ups against Lit­tle­bor­ough’s mini sec­tion.

Kick­ing off this week’s ac­tion in their first taste of the Lan­cashire Wa­ter­fall Com­pe­ti­tion with home games against Rochdale and Sed­g­ley Park were the Lit­tle­bor­ough Un­der 12s.

Both sides had in­flicted heavy de­feats on Boro team last sea­son. A tasty morn­ing saw the lo­cal ri­valry once again take shape as the young­sters in black, green and yel­low went up against a strong and well drilled Rochdale side.

The Lit­tle­bor­ough boys did them­selves proud with some great at­tack­ing and even bet­ter de­fen­sive work, man­ag­ing to match the vis­i­tors tackle for tackle.

A brief lack in con­cen­tra­tion led to a Rochdale try at the end of the first half and it would not get any bet­ter as the sec­ond half got off to a bad start with two quick Rochdale tries. The vis­i­tors picked them­selves up and started to force the play.

How­ever they were un­done when a missed tackle and an­other un­forced er­ror led to an­other two tries with the game fin­ish­ing 5-0 in the favour of the home side.

Lit­tle­bor­ough had no time to dwell on de­feat as they faced Sed­g­ley Park.

Again the Un­der 12s started well, tack­ling hard and tried to move the ball through hands out to the wide men.

On the other hand, missed tack­les were cost­ing them as they went 2-0 down at half time.

More hard work in the sec­ond half was un­der­mined on what would be a theme of the day’s play as some un­forced er­rors saw the boys con­cede once more.

Lit­tle­bor­ough’s good play was fi­nally re­warded by a well crafted try with Woody May­berry go­ing over the line.

A fi­nal break­away try saw Sed­g­ley Park run out 4-1 win­ners.

De­spite the scores the u12s should be able to take a lot from the two games and be proud of their never-say-die at­ti­tude.

Lit­tle­bor­ough un­der 9s also made the six-mile jour­ney to Rochdale where they were met by quite a squad of large play­ers. Un­de­terred, the young Lit­tle­bor­ough lads took it to them in the first game with some strong run­ning up the mid­dle. They tack­led with all their might in what was a tight game.

Los­ing 11 tries to seven, a score­line that flat­tered the hosts, Lit­tle­bor­ough’s tries came from Aden Kol­buck and Lewis Wales who both got a brace, while Matthew Makin­son, Ol­lie Fletcher and man of the match debu­tant Archie Ris­dale all chipped in a try apiece.

The sec­ond game was a lit­tle dif­fer­ent as Boro played the other Rochdale team in what was the telling fac­tor. Fresh legs of the hosts saw them run sev­eral tries. but not once did the u9s take a back­wards step and kept work­ing hard for each other right to the end. That what was most pleas­ing part for the coaches. Aden Kol­buck put in the big­gest of tack­les and starred again with an­other two tries along­side Ol­lie Fletcher’s sec­ond of the af­ter­noon.

Rochdale also played host to Boro’s Un­der 11s in a four-teamed event.

There was a lot of good rugby seen across both matches as both teams strength and depth were put to the test.

Great cap­taincy and lead­er­ship skills demon­strated by Ti­mon Warby and Cal­lum Shar­rocks, di­rected the new team mem­bers on the field and helped them get their bear­ings in a in­tense af­fair.

Rochdale used ev­ery weapon set piece as the vis­i­tors adapted bril­liantly to ev­ery­thing thrown at them.

There were a cou­ple of de­ci­sions that the team felt didn’t go their way, but they ac­cepted the ref’s de­ci­sion, re­gained them­selves and con­tin­ued to stay true to our team and clubs ethos of show­ing great sports­man­ship and re­spect.

A vic­tory for one Lit­tle­bor­ough team co­in­cided with the loss for the other team in what was a mixed bag of re­sults. How­ever this didn’t dampen any spir­its of the un­der 11 team or take away any­thing on an ex­cel­lent day of rugby in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

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