Colne and Nelson lost 25-6 at high-flying Littleborough on Saturday, but showed they can step up to the mark and compete at the top of the table.
A change at open side flanker saw coach Matt Boatright pull on a shirt and Kenyon was back on the wing.
Colne opted to receive and played down the very slight hill in the first half. The All Blacks gained ground in to the Littleborough 22, and a number of penalties in the first 20 minutes allowed them to kick and go into a six-point lead
Colne could have extended their lead, as yet another infringement for offside was given just into the Littleborough half. Hargreaves’ kick fell just short.
As the half-time whistle loomed, Boro took a foothold in the game with a kick to touch. The resulting line out was mauled over the try line in a well worked catch and drive. Conversion missed.
In the second half, the pitch started to deteriorate, and a loose Colne kick gave the opposition winger a chance to stretch his legs. A 50 metre dash down the wing was only stopped by Grindrod on Colne’s 22. As Colne picked up, a knock on gifted Littleborough an early opportunity to put pressure on the scrum for the first time. A well-worked, intentional shift of the scrum allowed their number eight to crash over from 10 metres out.
Some dubious decisions from the referee gifted Littleborough their third try, and a final attack put their winger over the try line again.
The seconds had more luck. A well ground out 8-6 win at home to Leigh was thoroughly deserved.
A mixture of young and old heads gave good balance to the team.
The line out for Colne needs work, but the resulting breakdown was turned over and Colne’s youthful backs, led by Denton, marked down field, resulting in a penalty for offside, converted by Denton.
A lack of concentration, together with elements meant Colne allowed Leigh back into the game. A quick tap from Denton allowed Dem to power over to for what looked like the winning score.
As the referee was about to blow for full time, he gave Leigh one final attempt to clinch the win with a penalty. Although it was unsuccessful, he deemed the Colne players to have put off the kicker. The retaken kick was again narrowly missed.
Colne have switched training on Thursdays to Nelson and Colne College at 6-50 p.m.
Anyone interested in playing can contact Jamie on 07494543149.