Sun 7 Jan 2018, 11:00
Broughton Park Under 16’s travelled to Blackburn on Sunday and came away with a hard-fought 40-36 Lancashire Cup win.
Before Christmas, the Under 16’s had come bottom of their Lancashire Cup league whilst Blackburn were top of theirs, so it was no surprise that the Home side started the better with an early converted try.
Parents and Coaches watch.
The resulting murmurings of touchline pessimism by the Park’s parents were to be unfounded, as, over the cloudless skies of Blackburn, an inspired Park not only ran the ball well but passed it. In equal measure the support play on rucks was good and soon we were back level and then ahead.
Park never relinquished the lead but Blackburn always came back and after an entertaining hour it was a relief to hear the referee’s Final whistle. As Park Coach Dave Pilkington remarked over a pint, in the welcoming Blackburn clubhouse afterwards, “ I’ve been coaching this lot since they were 10 and that’s the best I’ve seen them play.”
All the team, including those coming off the bench, had good games. Proving that the ball was getting to the wings Recco scored 2, whilst Aaron Hamson added a try to his 5 conversions whilst Jordan’s overall strong performance was rewarded with a try.
Particular mention must be given to a guy whose only been playing for a few months: Nayus Day. His attacking centre play produced 2 tries as he bounced off defenders like a rubber ball.” You’ve found a good one there,” remarked one of the oppositions’ parents when he’s discovered Nayus has only been playing a few months, “ just make sure it isn’t coached out of him “
“No fear of that,” replied Park’s parents.
The under 16’s have now won 3 of their last 4 games.