De La Sail Away with Victory
A try seven minutes from time helped De La Salle 2’s come back to snatch narrow victory over Littleborough 2’s at Rakewood.
For the home side it was a case of what may have been as they blasted their way to a 20-nil lead at the half time interval and looked deserving of such score. However, the second half was the complete opposite as De La Salle played in the right areas and strangled victory from Boro’s grasp.
Early successful spot kicks from the boot of Littleborough’s Richard Taylor set the stall for the home side in muddy conditions at Rakewood and allowed Boro to go out and put in a performance like that of the previous home win against Tarleton.
That freedom and confidence built on from the week before brought about the first try for the men in Black, Green and Gold as scrum half Taylor dummied his way through a gap in the visitors’ rear guard before putting on the afterburners to dot down in the left corner. He himself took the conversion and made sure Boro had a convincing 13-0 lead.
It was soon to get even better as captain Chris Collins made it 2 tries in 2 matches as he expertly dribbled the ball at the back of the scrum from 25 metres out as De La Salle could not cope with the ferocious drive from the Boro forwards. Those forwards set a very good platform in both defence and attack as the likes of Alistair Godwin, Jack Lord and Alex Sutcliffe made some terrific game line yards, while Kevin Harris, James Bex and Paul Fino all did a splendid job in defence pushing the visitors back and putting major disruption into the breakdown.
With such a lead at the break and the standard of performance in the first half the victory points looked to be all Boro’s; yet De La Salle had other ideas.
Starting as they meant to go on away side De La Salle scored their first of five second half tries by using a mismatch in numbers to dive in on the blind side. That was followed shortly after as De La Salle went in for their second and sniffed a greater sense of hope in a comeback.
Littleborough looked to have squashed that increasingly hope mind you as Danny Lawlor handed off the right winger before holding off two further tacklers to dive down in the right corner. Richard Taylor’s conversion would fall just short as the score sat at 25 – 12.
As much as the well-deserved 13-point lead should have seen Littleborough take a successive win in a row at home, De la Salle produced a battling and respectable recourse to swing the game on its head. First, a charge down from the number 6 in Boro’s in goal saw them reduce the lead by 7, before a well worked move out left was finished off comfortably by the winger. Boro could feel hard by as the final two passes in the move were both obvious forward passes, the referee on the other hand was unmoved as the try stood.
With 7 minutes left on the clock and the victory now very much up for grabs for both teams, De La Salle landed the knockout blow as again they dived over in the right corner. For Littleborough they were left to dream of what could and well should have been.