Ladies edged out in mud­bath bat­tle

Rochdale Observer - - SCHOOL NEWS -

LITTLEBOROUGH Pink War­riors Ladies suf­fered their sec­ond league de­feat of the sea­son at the hands of lo­cal ri­vals Burn­ley Ladies.

What could only be de­scribed as swamp like con­di­tions that were not con­ducive for fast open rugby saw a close thought match go right to the wire.

The game started in a feisty fash­ion which the ref­eree man­aged well with his ac­tions, show­ing he was in control.

Fol­low­ing his in­ter­ven­tion, the sides set­tled down to play­ing Rugby. It proved to be a phys­i­cal bat­tle for both sides with the heavy con­di­tions play­ing its part.

Littleborough opened the scor­ing when the ball was moved out wide to Jess Chad­wick who had space in front of her and the speed to take ad­van­tage of it.

Vis­it­ing Burn­ley re­sponded with a con­verted try to take a 7-5 lead not long af­ter.

Littleborough then be­gan to take charge with their for­wards with Jess Elizabeth, Sarah Jane Whit­tles, Lau­ren Parker, and Kee­ley Mosoph be­ing strong and ag­gres­sive in con­tact.

With Claire Sut­cliffe kick­ing ef­fec­tively, Littleborough took control of field po­si­tion and possession and were re­warded with un­con­verted tries by Sum­mer Harris and Me­gan Dick­in­son.

This gave Littleborough a 12 points ad­van­tage at half time.

In the sec­ond half Burn­ley fought back with the slope ad­van­tage, and what must have been tricky con­di­tions for the ref­eree, with re­gards iden­ti­fy­ing play­ers, ben­e­fit­ing from some de­ci­sions.

Burn­ley closed the gap with a con­verted try be­fore skip­per; Olivia Turner crossed the line for a de­served score to see the score sit at 24-14.

A clear­ing kick went down the throat of the Burn­ley full back, she evaded one tackle, to then find space in front of her to score un­chal­lenged.

The game swung this way and that as the likes of Jess Frain and Ge­orgina Quinn put in per­for­mances that stood out in the del­uge.

Un­for­tu­nately for the home side Burn­ley crossed again with an­other con­verted try to take a nar­row two point lead.

There was still time and op­por­tu­ni­ties for Littleborough to snatch a win, but er­rors and poor de­ci­sion mak­ing proved to be costly as Littleborough fin­ished on the wrong end of a 24-26 re­sult.

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