Going into the game as huge favourites, Old Brodelians thought that they would have everything going their way but this Sunday was not the case.
The visitors according to their coach, really had to step up their game because Littleborough's defence was outstanding!
In an attempt to make Rakewood a fortress, Boro's young warriors stopped the visitors from scoring try after try after try on their line. By breaking and collapsing Old Brods attacking game through pushing them out of touch, meeting them head on in tackles and getting stuck in hard into the rucks, Littleborough disrupted perfectly.
After the first two quarters Old Brodleians held a narrow 2-1 advantage. Littleborough's first try was scored by the Mighty Max Rawlinson, who brushed his way through 3 players to dot down over the whitewash. A justified reward for the great effort he put in all morning.
Being down on the score did not perturb the home side at all! In fact it did the opposite. It fired them up! Their lines of defence continually bounced the Halifax based outfit back, while in attack they carried a threat.
Lexi Hartley, one of our future Pink Warriors yet again broke through their line of defence and held off 2 Old Brodleian players to lay the ball down for Boro's second. At the end of the third quarter both teams were level at 2-2.
As we entered into the final quarter the visitors came out and were firing on all cylinders, taking the lead again with their 3rd try.
Littleborough's very own little firecracker Harrison Dickinson, soon delivered a response of his own with the 3rd try to making it 3 a piece with 7 minutes to go.
In a very physical encounter, one side would be hit by tiredness and fatigue. Unfortunately for the home side support and stand in coach Richard Rawlinson it was in this time that was left that 2 tries were conceded.
There was true sportsmanship, enjoyment and respect shown throughout the game by both sides in an even contest. Some of that continued afterwards by players taking a leaf out of Manu Tuilagi's book and cleaning up the changing room without direction.