LITTLEBOROUGH 14 PENRITH 22
GOOD AWAY WIN FOR 2s
Penrith 2s made the journey down to Littleborough on Saturday with both teams equal on points but Penrith topping their opponents on points scored difference. Penrith had a number of players missing through work commitments and call ups to the 1st XV and had James Hope filling in at prop from 2nd row for the first time in his playing career.
Straight from the kick off Penrith put Littleborough under pressure forcing them backwards. Although Penrith had the lions share on territory the teams were evenly matched with Littleborough putting up a strong defence and Penrith making small mistakes.
On a rare break from defending Littleborough had the chance to take the lead from a penalty kick only thwarted by the distance and hitting the bar and back into play.
The deadlock was broken by some strong tucking and Craig Price going through handing off players to score the opening try. Kyle Ryder added the extras form the kicking tee. Both teams were penalised in the first half with Littleborough falling foul mostly and receiving a yellow card.
The first half was back and forward with both team's playing some good rugby but unable to break either defensive line.
Again straight from the kick off in the second half Penrith took possession and forced the host team back into their own half and having to defend, and as in the first half Penrith broke the line with some good handling and decision making to put James Reynolds in in the corner. Ryder unfortunate to add the extras.
Both teams were guilty of mistakes and falling foul of the referees whistle, mainly the visitors, but it was yet again another Littleborough player receiving a yellow card for foul play. During this period Penrith took advantage forcing their opponents into mistakes and taking advantage with James Hope going over. Olly Gutteridge tried his luck from the tee this time unfortunately putting it wide.
It was Littleborough's turn to force the mistakes and Penrith into getting penalised then kicking the ball to the corner. It was from here the host's used their advantage of the bigger pack and forcing over the line and adding the conversion.
From here they started to get the upper hand and ensuring Penrith had to be organised in defence to keep them out. Penrith did hold out and made ground and once again getting the ball out to Joe Tidmarsh and into the corner for the score. Ryder just falling short with the kick.
With time running out Littleborough once again forced Penrith back and into making mistakes and with a repeat of their first try forced over for the try and getting the kick.
Penrith ran out 22-14 victors taking them clear of their hosts and within one point of second placed Bolton who are the next visitors to Winters Park on the 25th November 14:15ko
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