Nine-try Jay­den’s smooth tran­si­tion

Rochdale Observer - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

IN the first out­ing of 2019 and a first in rugby union, young Jay­den Ker­shaw in­spired Lit­tle­bor­ough un­der 9s to vic­tory against War­ring­ton.

Hav­ing played rugby league for a num­ber of years, Ker­shaw is not un­ac­cus­tomed to run­ning at a wall of de­fend­ers.

How­ever, the young­ster – with his daz­zling foot work – made light work of a top War­ring­ton out­fit, scor­ing nine tries across the three games. Not only that but the rest of the team stepped up to the plate in what was a great morn­ing’s rugby for two evenly matched teams.

There was some fine in­di­vid­ual runs from all of lads on Adam Brace­gir­dle’s team and also some great team tries as a re­sult. A ma­jor plus point for the coach­ing team and sup­port­ers was the will­ing­ness to put the tack­les in time and time again.

The other half of the Un­der 9 age group also went up against their Greater Manch­ester coun­ter­parts War­ring­ton.

Just as Brace­gir­dle’s team had, Neil Makin­son’s young side also made an im­pres­sive start to 2019; show­ing that train­ing and hard work cer­tainly pay off.

Some ex­cel­lent team work and great or­gan­i­sa­tion was re­warded with tries from El­liott Wells, Jack Ash­worth, Lewis Wales and Archie Ris­dale.

As the an­tic­i­pated, tired­ness showed on a big pitch after a long Christ­mas break, and Boro showed their de­fen­sive game can also work well with some good strong tack­les and con­stant de­fen­sive line.

An­other Lit­tle­bor­ough side work­ing off the Christ­mas ex­cess were the Un­der 11s. They made the 70-mile road trip to Cheshire, more per­ti­nently the Memo­rial ground.

Play­ing in an un­usual for­mat due to the amount of play­ers Wilm­slow had, and away from home Boro coped well. It is not as easy play­ing against a full set of fresh legs every 15 min­utes, which meant the vis­i­tors were up against a new ‘team’ just as they got to work out how the play.

Hav­ing not played a game for four weeks and it took a while for us Lit­tle­bor­ough to ‘set­tle in’. The last part of the sec­ond game, the coaches and par­ents alike started to see the team they all knew was there.

Even when the first and sec­ond game did not go in their favour, the will­ing­ness and de­ter­mi­na­tion to fight back and not let the game go meant those watch­ing never doubted their qual­ity.

Come the third game, after deal­ing with some fiery erup­tions, Boro showed them ex­actly what we where made off.

The Wilm­slow coach had time after the morn­ings’ ac­tion to say how im­pressed he was with Boro’s ruck­ing, es­pe­cially in the last game.

With plenty of rugby to come this sea­son, lessons learnt from this game can help de­velop the po­ten­tial in this young and ex­cit­ing team.

In our fi­nal part of ac­tion from the first week­end of rugby in 2019, we had a tasty lo­cal derby at Un­der 15 level.

Lit­tle­bor­ough’s un­der 15s boys helped by the re­turn of a num­ber of key play­ers recorded an em­phatic 36-5 vic­tory away at Rochdale’s Moor­gate Av­enue.

With a squad rav­ished by in­jury and ill­ness, Boro’s un­der 14s en­ter­tained Rossendale in the Lan­cashire cup.

The miss­ing per­son­nel meant they took to the game with only 16 men, which was shortly re­duced to 15 after an in­jury to Ben Wil­liams, and with the added bur­den that a num­ber of play­ers had to play out of po­si­tion.

The ef­fect was that Boro were un­able to build any con­ti­nu­ity or mo­men­tum in the game, and in the end the boys went down by a score line of 5-40. The sole try scorer was Ruben War­bur­ton.

All the boys put in a great ef­fort, but they were up against a good and pow­er­ful Rossendale side and it was just not their day.

Ac­tion from Lit­tle­bor­ough un­der 11s game against Wilm­slow

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