Saints inflict sixth straight Boro loss
LITTLEBOROUGH RUFC suffered their sixth straight defeat after they were beaten at home to Liverpool St Helens RUFC.
Boro won the toss and decided to play up the hill in the first half, and that then led to a one-sided half with Liverpool in total control of the game from the time of their first score after three minutes until the half time break.
It all began when Boro gave away a pen for offside about 10 meters out almost in front of the sticks and the Liverpool kicker made no mistake.
From the restart Liverpool knocked on and Boro won the scrum but they were too slow to get the ball out and gave away a penalty for holding on.
The Liverpool kicker found touch deep in the Boro half, and from the line out the ball was knocked on by the home side and allowed Liverpool to win the scrum and score their first try. The ball was moved quickly down the line for the winger to go over in the far corner, but the kick was missed.
Boro restarted, but straight away Liverpool moved the ball out wide and on the far side their winger outran the Littleborough defence to cross the line for his second try in as many minutes, with the conversion added to make it 15-0.
Three minutes late Boro found themselves down to 14 men when Jack Whittles went to the bin for a poor attempted tackle, as this led to some sound defence from the hosts and some nice attacking moves.
Disaster struck though in the 26th minute as a Liverpool player was up very quickly to intercept a Boro pass and go in under the sticks for the third try, with the conversion making it 22-0.
This seemed to wake up the home side and for the next 10 minutes it looked like they may get back into the game, but in the 36th minute following a missed tackle the centre kicked over the top of the Boro line for their winger to outpace the defence and score out wide, with the kick again added, meaning it was now 29-0.
Littleborough went on the attack from the restart and were unlucky not to cross the line but Liverpool held out with some hard tackles from their defence, and this then allowed them to score their fifth try in the last minute of the half.
Once again a kick over the top resulted in their winger outpacing the backs to just make the line before he was ankle tapped. Littleborough had a mountain to climb, as the score was 34-0 at the break.
At the start of the second half Boro took the ball from the kick-off and drove down the field, making some good yards before a kick over the top saw Adam Wayne just fail to pick up the ball before it went into touch.
From the line out Jake Castree stole the ball and broke the line to crash over for a try.
From the restart it was all Boro but strong defensive work from Liverpool kept a rampant Littleborough at bay. They eventually broke through though as at the midway point of the second half Boro got another try.
Taylor was able to outpace the defence to score in the far corner and this was converted to make the score 34-12 to the visitors.
For the next ten minutes Boro put pressure on the Liverpool defence, and eventually they were able to get a third try when the ball was collected by Coop, who then passed on to Ripley to cross the line for the third try, but again the kick was missed.
With the clock running down Littleborough collected the ball from the restart and charged downfield. The ball was driven in with four pick and drives before it was picked up by Castree who drove over for his second of the afternoon, but the kick was again missed. Littleborough had performed well in the second half but it was Liverpool finished off the game as they had started, by kicking a penalty seal the win. Richard Taylor jinked and danced his way through the LSH attack and defence to score a magnificent try by the posts
Henry Ashworth and the pack started to come good in the second half against a tiring LSH pack