Cham­pi­ons pushed

Rochdale Observer - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

LIT­TLE­BOR­OUGH un­der 14s en­ter­tained Manch­ester, Lan­cashire Cup cham­pi­ons for the past two sea­sons at this age level, at Rake­wood.

Boro were made to pay for their fail­ure to deal with the Manch­ester winger in the first half as he reg­is­tered three tries, Manch­ester tak­ing a 0-28 lead. The score line didn’t re­ally re­flect the na­ture of the con­test.

At the start of the econd half, the boys found them­selves camped in the Manch­ester half, and after some good for­ward play, Jake Coupe was able to power over the line for a try con­verted by Thomas Kelly. This score was how­ever quickly can­celled out by an­other score from Manch­ester.

The lads again showed char­ac­ter and spirit and drove up-field and put their op­po­nents un­der pres­sure. The end re­sult was Ruben War­bur­ton break­ing through the line to score, in­jur­ing him­self in the process of scor­ing and hav­ing to sit out the re­main­der of the game.

Boro fur­ther re­duced the deficit when Ben Wil­liams con­verted from close range, con­verted by Ja­cob Brady.

Manch­ester fin­ished the game with the last try, mak­ing the fi­nal score was 19-40.

The lads did how­ever win the se­cond half by a score of 19-14.

It was no means a game of rugby for the purists given the con­di­tions un­der foot, and much of the ball was dom­i­nated by the for­wards, but none­the­less ev­ery­one con­trib­uted and a good game of rugby was en­joyed by all.

Club­man of the week award went to Ben Crab­tree for a typ­i­cal per­for­mance in at­tack and de­fence, and for the sup­port he pro­vided Cayan last week whilst he lay in­jured. A true club­man, de­serv­ing of this weeks’ award.

A spe­cial men­tion must also be given to Ben Wil­liams for scor­ing his first try for the club.

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