Colts crash against lofty op­po­nents

Rochdale Observer - - LEISURE GARDENING FOOD WINE -

LIT­TLE­BOR­OUGH Colts lost their first game of the sea­son as they were put to the sword by a sub­lime Sefton side.

Pit­ting their un­beaten record against a team two di­vi­sions above them in this year’s cup com­pe­ti­tion, spec­ta­tors wanted to see a com­pet­i­tive game and they were not dis­ap­pointed in a clash that ended 15-34.

The vis­i­tors took the lead with two tries from their cen­tre pair­ing, run­ning from deep and wrong foot­ing the Boro de­fence.

Once again Harry Gee led the fight­back and Lit­tle­bor­ough soon found them­selves bat­ter­ing the Sefton line.

Ben Stott was in no mood to leave the op­pos­ing half with­out any points and crashed over to take the score to a nar­row 12-5 at half time.

Us­ing the ad­van­tage of the Rake­wood slope in the sec­ond half, the Mersey­side-based out­fit opened up and some clin­i­cal fin­ish­ing kept the score­board tick­ing over.

A fierce bat­tle amongst the for­wards saw some great car­ries and great tack­ling from Jack Rat­cliffe, Char­lie Holmes, Nick Man­nion and Damian McCor­mack to let Sefton know they were still in a game.

Great re­turn run­ning and at­tack­ing from Char­lie Sut­cliffe, Liam Heap, Isaac Price and Oliver Duke made the Sefton backs work hard and the young men in black, green and yel­low came very close to clos­ing the gap.

Lit­tle­bor­ough’s scrum and li­ne­out, led by Matt Brad­bury, held firm giv­ing the colts a fight­ing chance.

How­ever, Sefton were very com­posed and again some clin­i­cal fin­ish­ing pushed the score to 34-5 with 15 mins left.

Sens­ing de­feat only served to re-en­er­gise the home side to try to re­gain par­ity.

Great sup­port from the Rake­wood faith­ful lifted the Colts to dom­i­nate the close of the game.

Quick think­ing from Bradley Watts, a con­stant thorn in the Sefton side and Nolan, switched the Boro at­tack which saw Ja­cob Har­ri­son dive over for Boro’s sec­ond.

Not happy with a con­so­la­tion try Lit­tle­bor­ough con­tin­ued the at­tack up­hill and more great con­trolled rugby led by Gee saw Holmes twist and crash over for Boro’s third in the dy­ing sec­onds to give the 34-15 score­line a much fairer rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Lit­tle­bor­ough per­for­mance.

The team ethic and never say die at­ti­tude from the Rake­wood out­fit epit­o­mises the cul­ture of this squad.

The op­po­si­tion man­age­ment were very com­pli­men­tary of the spirit skill and tough­ness of the Lit­tle­bor­ough lads, who sit two di­vi­sions be­low them.

Next up the Colts take on Ald­wini­ans in league ac­tion.

Fin­ish­ing as cham­pi­ons is the only thought run­ning through the side. A very re­al­is­tic goal for a team re­ally en­joy­ing their rugby.

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