Rain ham­pers Colts progress

Rochdale Observer - - SCHOOL NEWS -

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

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