Rain hampers Colts progress
LITTLEBOROUGH Junior Colts welcomed league leaders Sedgley Park to Rakewood.
The home side played up the slope and into the showers in the first half and Sedgley were able to make the conditions play to their advantage, opening the scoring following a couple of phases when the visiting hooker managed to squeeze over close to the posts despite the best efforts of David Mills.
The try converted, it proved to be the only real period of pressure Boro faced all game. The majority of play took place in the Sedgley half.
First Charlie Sutcliffe went close in the corner but was adjudged to have been short of the line following slick hands by Ollie Duke. Unfortunately in the act of attempting to score Sutcliffe injured his shoulder and was unable to continue, being replaced by Isaac Price
The Boro forwards were gaining ground down the middle and the engine room of Harvey Ashworth and Harry Gee were grinding away. Jack Ratcliffe valiantly looked to break the line but unfortunately for the home side conditions meant the ball was lost in contact.
Another score was then ruled out. Kai Sumner, shrugging off defenders in typical fashion, took Boro close and as Brad Watts switched to the blind side he threw a miss pass to Mills. It looked as though the powerful 8 had opened the home side’s account but the referee adjudged the ball hadn’t been grounded.
As the conditions worsened it was obvious the game was going to be a forward orientated match and fortunately the home side’s pack was more dominant.
Damion McCormick in at loose head was showing his strength and alongside Ratcliffe and hooker Matty Bradbury the home front row was causing real problems. Bradbury even managed to turn two scrums over against the put in.
The platform was created by the pack and Mills made the pressure tell just before half time as he powered over in the corner.
Robbie Nolan and Liam Heap linked well in the build-up and the ball was moved to the number 8 who carried a couple of defenders over to score. A fantastic conversion from Jacob Harrison then squared the match as the ball struck the crossbar before creeping over for the extra two points.
As the second half commenced and after another downpour it was beginning to be difficult to tell players from each team apart. This wasn’t a problem for the fresh legs and clean shirt of Ben Stott who immediately made his presence felt as he beat a couple of defenders to break in to the Sedgley half from the kick off, butnothing came of the move.
Conditions took hold and kicking and scrums came to the fore. Tom Laidler, on at full back for the injured Mason Wild, was kept busy and dealt with the visiting 10’s probing kicks well, returning the kick or taking the chance to run.
Harry Law charged down and collected an opposition kick to race 20 metres and found substitute Stott in support. The surprise of the charge down probably meant when Stott was tackled the numbers weren’t there to secure the ball. Another chance missed for the home side.
The next chance came as the increasingly impressive Stott jackaled at the ruck. Heap then kicked the penalty to the Sedgley Park five metre line. From the resulting line-out though Bradbury wasn’t able to find Will Mayoh and the final real chance of snatching a late victory had gone. The game finished all square at 7-7.
Coming off in a positive but frustrated manner at full time illuminated to the fact that the Boro junior Colts knew chances had been missed and that they had played admirably in the conditions. Again though they have proved they can more than hold their own following promotion.
Littleborough Junior Colts following their 7-7 draw against Sedgley Park at the weekend