Rugby Union: Littleborough RUFC round up

Date published: 13 September 2018

Littleborough RUFC Under 13s were in Cleckheaton last weekend where they tore their opposition to shreds with a clinical display of ball handling and possession rugby.

Billy Blake, alongside, Taylor Hulme picked up plaudits for men-of-the-match displays that helped Littleborough to a 17 tries to six victory over Cleckheaton.

New boys Joe Linton and Charlie Garrett impressed first appearances. The former scored his first try on a debut to remember.

The next two Littleborough age groups (U14s and U15s) showed Huddersfield YMCA a clean pair of heels as they romped to a 46 points to 38 and 48 points - seven victories respectively.

The Under 14s first game at 15 saw Littleborough trailing by a score of 19-0. The boys rallied and battled back and by the end of the first quarter the score was 19-15 to YMCA. The three Littleborough tries were scored by Brad Chrimes, Ben Willocks, and Ben Crabtree.

Another close second quarter followed with Littleborough coming out on top, with two converted tries to one. A second of the afternoon from Ben Willocks followed a Jake Coupe effort.

The half time score was 29-26 to Littleborough.

The Littleborough boys finished the third quarter by scoring two unconverted tries. Thomas Kelly and another for Brad Chrimes left the score at 39-33 to Littleborough.

Littleborough scored first in the final quater to extend their lead with a hat-trick try courtesy of Ben Willocks (who also scored the conversion). A frantic end saw YMCA score with the last play of the game.

Final score: Huddersfield YMCA 38 - 46 Littleborough

Littleborough's Under 15s picked up from where they left off last season with a crushing 48-7 victory. In a dominant attacking display that saw them make countless line breaks. Tries came from Reece Oldham, Tom Braisdell, Charlie Frost, Nyall Hensby (2) and three from fly half Jack Bennetta.

Littleborough's juniors continued their unbeaten record with a 53 - 5 victory over Glossop.

Seven tries in total, including braces for Charlie Holmes and Ben Stott (his second in consecutive matches), as well as for Will Mayoh, Kai Sumner, Nick Mayan and Brad Watts ensured Littleborough sit at the top of the table. The latter also continued his good run with the boot, knocking over 70% of his attempts in tricky wet conditions.

The Littleborough senior ladies domainted Bury for a sensational 50-5 victory.

League starts for the new ladies, moving up from the Under 18s, saw impressive displays from Jessica Chadwick, Olivia Turner and Summer Harris, with the latter scoring their first league tries for the seniors.

More tries followed from captain Jess Frain and Georgina Quinn, while Rebecca Harrison crowned an impressive display on the wing with an intercept try.

Improved ball retention from the pack of forwards laid the foundations to victory with Samantha Brazier, Claire Jones and Harriet Widdup being the pick of the forwards.

Full back Claire Sutcliffe broke her own personal record with five successful conversions.

Littleborough Ladies never let up the pressure on their opponents and ran out easy victors; the win putting them top of the league after round one.

Next up is a home game against Ormskirk ladies at 2.00pm this Sunday at Rakewood.

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