Rugby Union: Littleborough U14s Boys 7 - 45 Old Brodleians
Date published: 22 January 2019
The current run of fixtures has not been kind to the Under 14s, and yet again they faced tough opposition in the form of Old Brodleians, who came with a reputation of being a top team who rarely get beat.
The boys started the game impressively and for large periods of the first half they had sustained periods of possession and territory, but for one reason or another they could not convert their chances.
They were made to pay dearly as Old Brodleians were clinical in their execution and scored three tries, one converted, when they entered the scoring zone. At the sound of the half time whistle the Littleborough boys were trailing by 17-0.
In the second half Littleborough again started well and were on the front foot and during this phase they earned a penalty five metres from the Old Brodleians line to create another scoring opportunity. However, a knock on ended this chance to score.
Old Brodleians secured the ball following the knock on and scored a full-length breakaway try.
A second try followed shortly afterwards and this seemed to take the wind at the Littleborough sails for a short period, and Old Brodleians took full advantage by running in another two tries in quick succession.
To their credit Littleborough raised their game once more and did not allow Old Brodleians to score again, and in fact in the final play of the game, Ben Crabtree was able to crash over the Old Brodleians line to score a consolation try. The try was coolly converted by a Jacob Brady drop goal.
The game ended with the boys being defeated 7-45.
Despite the defeat there were a number of positives to be taken from the game, and even the lads from Old Brodleians commented that the Littleborough forwards had really tested them. The visiting coach mentioned that, the first half in particular, was the hardest half of rugby they have had all season.
Littleborough's clubman of the week award was presented to Will Rawlinson who was vocal, brave, and organised the backs and forwards well.
Next up, a trip to Manchester, the reigning Lancashire Cup Champions.
Charlie Bell, Jacob Brady, Bradley Chrimes, Jake Coupe, Ben Crabtree, Harry Crabtree, James Devine, Ethan Dewhurst, Tom Fenton, James Furnell, Luke Jones, Olly Mills, Tyler Mills, Will Rawlinson, Max Risby, Ruben Warburton, Ben Williams, Ben Willocks.
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