Rugby Union: Littleborough U9s 6 - 2 West Park Leeds Lions U9s

Date published: 26 February 2019

A revitalised Littleborough Under 9s dominated three quarters to take a compressive 6-2 victory over West Park Leeds Lions Under 9s.

In the glorious sunshine at a dazzling Rakewood, Littleborough had to overcome a slow start to overpower a tough and determined West Park Leeds outfit.

With the visitors starting strongly with two early tries, you could see that they were a well organised and competent team that would ask questions of the home side.

Littleborough, awoken by the quality of the opponents start, regrouped and started to make good yards from the likes of Ollie Fletcher. Lewis Bracegirdle and Elliot Wells also put in another good shift with plenty of high-quality tackles and strong carries.

When the second quarter came, Littleborough started to dominate the territory alongside the possession they had in the first and this allowed Lewis Wales to grow in confidence and dictate the game with his passing and darting runs.

The home side finally reaped the rewards of their hard work with some fine individual moments resulting in some great tries for Aden Kolbuck, Harry Tweddle, Matthew Makinson and in particular Jack Ashworth. His try in the corner was given try of the match.

Upon taking a commanding lead, Littleborough grew more and more into their lead; this time it was Archie Risdale and Noah Caulfield the willing and able scorers.

While West Park Leeds did see more of the ball in the third quarter, they were repelled from scoring tries that would narrow the 6-2 lead as Cody Bush and Deacon Hicks-Spencer stood firm with a dogged defensive display.

The Lions, with a small squad, were now flagging after a huge effort in a frantic and busy three quarters, but never once gave up and demonstrated great spirit right up to the very end.

Littleborough were now hitting their stride with a defence on fire and support play that had the coaches beaming with pride, in what was a joy to watch from the likes of Joshua Jenkins and Declan Lever; both showing good pace with jinking runs off the back of their teammates' endeavour.

Such as the nature of the performance from the Littleborough Under 9s, it was a fitting end to a perfect week that had seen them be gifted with new jackets courtesy of a new sponsor: Daniel Rushton of the Beach Carvery.

The Under 9s and the club would like to thank Mr Rushton for his backing and welcome him to the Green Army. 

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