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Saturday 23rd March 19 : Littleborough RUFC 36pts v Tyldesley RUFC 28pts

Saturday 23rd March 19 : Littleborough RUFC 36pts v Tyldesley RUFC 28pts

By Trevor Joiner
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Final Match at Rakewood this Season and like the first match of the season Boro Won, what went wrong in-between? report by Harry Hanson


Bottom two league Clubs battling it out right to the end of the Season, a game of two halves with Host Club .Boro sprinting ahead at the very beginning to half time, then taking the field in the second half as a completely different Team, surprisingly falling behind in the score by two points, up till the last couple of minutes play left then snatching ten late points. unbelievable. After only two minutes of play Boro’s Winger, Nathan Coop broke clear in his own half and sprinted for the Try line for the first Try of the day but unfortunately missed the conversion, what a start. The game continued with Boro making all the positive play and not surprisingly after some ten minutes play Boro crossed the line again, this time by Winger Liam Lloyd and this time plus conversion by Coop. Now Boro were really putting everything into their game and it wasn’t long after that their superior play was rewarded again with another great run from Coop to collect his second Try plus also conversion. Not satisfied with his efforts so far Boro didn’t have long to wait before that player again, Nathan Coop collected his third Try plus conversion, which will cost him when the players are back in the Clubhouse. Now almost the end of the first half the Visitors started to put in one or two good moves which took them up to Boro’s 5metres line and eventually they crossed the line and converted to collect their first points, just before halftime, This late try in the first half by the visitors brought them out in the second half with much more confidence whilst Boro couldn’t find that superior play that they had in the earlier part of the game, though they were playing with a man down. Whereas the Visitors had upped their game and early on collected their second converted Try to make the score now 26pts to 14pts.

Boro were now under pressure playing in their own half completely under pressure and sure enough the opposition broke through again for another seven points to bring the score ever nearer to 26pts to 21pts. Then it was like turning back the clock as Scotland took over in the International so did Tyldesley take over against Boro with yet another converted Try to make the score now 26pts to 28pts, unbelievable. Then fortunately Boro came back alive right at the end of the match and that player again, as he has done in many games, Matthew Goldthorpe sped away from the opposition chasers to cross the line for a winning converted Try , which was backed up by an amazing Drop Goal by Out half Jack Whittles to make the visitors have to score twice with no time left, final score 33pts to 28pts.

An amazing game all round, fortunately ending in an unusual great win for Boro with Nathan Coop taking the honours as "Man of the Match".

Harry Hanson

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Match details

Match date

Sat 23, Mar 2019

Kickoff

15:00

Competition

ADM Premier Division

League position

9
Littleborough
10
Tyldesley