Defiant in Defeat
Despite playing most of the match with 14, Littleborough 2nd team gave Vale of Lune 3's a mighty scare at Powder House Lane on Saturday.
Yellow cards and injury to Oliver Thomas meant that a threadbare Littleborough side had to play the full 80 minutes a man down and though the score ended 33-17. It was a scoreline that hugely flattered the home side.
Vale of Lune have lost all their matches that have actually been played with a solitary win coming from a forfeit against De Le Salle, benefited from the majority of their second team bolstering their ranks.
Littleborough undetered by the task in hand defended stoutly, keeping Vale of Lune at bay with some big tackles from the likes of Chris Kolbuck, Brook Reader and Robert Savin. And despite going behind from a close quarters try, responded with a counter punch of equal proportion.
Visiting Boro pressed and hounded Vale of Lune into trying to score from their own 22. A bad pass and knock on was capitalised on by scrum half Chris Kolbuck, who gladfully took the spoils to slide over for the equalising score.
It got even better for the away side as Chris's half back partner Konrad Hill weaved his way through 2 challenges to dive under the posts. A straight forward conversion for Aaron Jones took the score to 12-7.
With minutes of the first half left and Oliver Thomas off nursing a hyper extended elbow. Vale of Lune finally found a way through the solid Boro wall. Hands through midfield gave the home side backs to chance to spread their wings and they ultilised the extra man to regain control of the lead at the break.
Both teams were equally matched out of the half time with Brook Reader's powerful burst through 3 defenders cancelled out by a Vale of Lune try in the right hand corner.
Vale of Lune with their tales up prompted to spend the rest of the second half in possesion and entrenched on Littleborough's 22. However, time and time again Littleborough held out whether it be from try savings tackles from William Armour or huge big close quarters tackles from Paul Fino and Josh Ellidge.
Eventually the home side would make their break through as they used subsitutes and fresh legs to great use and scored 2 tries. The first through a close range drive in the left hand corner after a number of quick ball phases. The second a break away try as Littleborough went all out attack in an attempt to get their way back into the game.
In the end, the extra squad and some interesting decisions from the referee helped Vale of Lune claim a deserved yet flattering victory.