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Craven College edged out by John Leggot

By Ashley Greaves

Despite a fine team performance, Craven College came second in their bid to knock top of the table John Leggot of their pirch.

It was 12pm on Wednesday afternoon and the wind was calm, the sun was shining and the pitches looking in good condition.

By the 2pm kick off, the weather had turned dramatically. The rain was pelting down, strong winds, and the pitches now looking something of a mud bath.

John Leggot looking the bigger outfit as they ran on to the pitch stired a rallying call from the skipper Jake Parkinson for each player to turn on their talent and show the visitors what rugby can be played by the Craven Ravens.

From the kick off, Olek Pala set the tone with a big hit on the catcher. Despite the conditions the visitors were able to keep hold of the ball well, using the space on the blind to burst through with a 2 on 1 beating the Craven defence to go through for an early score.

The game developed well soon after as Craven knew it was a weak try to conceed. The rest of the half saw Craven consistently apply pressure on the oncoming forces of the Leggot forwards who were clearly a much bigger side. Josh Brewer putting his body on the line epitomised the attitude of the Craven defence who were not going ot let a bigger team bully them for easy yards. In attack, the ball was well delivered to the backs, who were well lead by Kyle Akgrigg, leading by example with some big hits and surging runs to gain hard yards in the slippy conditions.

Craven were keen to keep pressing forward, and was it not for some brave defencive work from the John Leggot boys, Harry Ellison would have been over the white wash with a thundering charge forward. The second half also saw Craven continue their defencive pressence as Alfie Seeley added to Cravens fine display of tackling and kept many a runner from breaking through with well executed low tackles.

Overall, the John Leggot lads were bigger and stronger, and although that was a key factor in their ability to continue driving forward, Craven were faultless in their team performance, considering the conditions as well.

Speaking afterwards, coach Dean Muir was very pleased with their efforts adding "THe lads gave everything today. We are a young side, and to play like that against such strong opposition exemplified why we will be real contenders next season as our younger players mature and develop".

Next week sees the Craven College Ravens take on Lincoln College at Skipton RFC.

Updated 13:23 - 6 Feb 2014 by Ashley Greaves

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