Loughborough Town Ladies RUFC 24 - 12 Sheffield Ladies RUFC
Valiant ladies fall to defeat, away at Loughborough...
After a very successful outing last weekend, the Ladies were back on the road to Loughborough, keen to build on their impressive performance against Eccles. This weekend’s game was always going to be evenly matched,, with it being a close game when Loughborough came to Abbeydale.
The Ladies started off strongly, forcing errors in the Loughborough back line due to a quick defence and some excellent tackles in the midfield. Similarly, in attack, the Ladies were quick to make opportunities in key areas of the pitch.
This saw Hannah T pounce on the ball and go in under the sticks for the first score of the day. This was converted by the returning Danielle Harthen.
The rest of the first half was an arm wrestle as both teams struggled to get a controlling foothold in the game. Handling errors by both, together with some sublime try saving tackles saw possession switch on a frequent basis. As such, the Ladies went into half time leading 7-5.
In the second half, the tables began to turn in favour of Loughborough who came out with all guns blazing. They managed to disrupt the Ladies’ set piece, creating more errors and less possession.
However, some valiant defensive efforts on the Ladies’ try line and in their 22, saw them resist wave after wave of Loughborough pressure. On numerous occasions, the Ladies managed to create a maul to turn the ball over, and everybody put their body on the line to stop tries coming.
This meant that Loughborough were only to get one try before the Ladies hit back, again through the talisman that is Hannah Thornhill. After working down the pitch, the ladies put together phase after phase of forward and back work to send Hannah over the line out wide. Unfortunately the conversion was missed.
Another creak in the defence allowed Loughborough to have the final say on 80 minutes, meaning the final score was 24-12 to Loughborough.
However, the result does mean that the Ladies are still sitting 5th in the table, and have a weekend off to work hard on improving for the visit of Lichfield on 9th December.