COLNE and Nelson’s young guns showed real grit and determination as they went down 29-14 on Saturday.
The team travelled to St Helens to play West Park who have always been a good team at home, having four teams to pick from.
Although West Park had most of the early possession Colne’s defence was holding firm, and the line out duo of Mark Brittcliffe and Luke Edwards were disrupting the opposition’s entire ball.
When Colne did get hold of the ball the backs showed what they could do with centre Jordan Sutherland using his bulk to batter his way over the gain. But a lack of support meant either the ball was turned over or a penalty was given away.
With all the pressure being applied West Park finally made the break through with their winger having an easy run in for the first try.
A lapse in concentration allowed West Park to run in two easy trys in quick succession, one converted to give them a 17-0 lead.
Despite the setback Colne began to look like a completely different team, playing with confidence. Once again though all Colne’s good work came crashing down as one mistake saw them reduced to 14 men with Andy Webb sent to the sin bin for stamping.
When the second half kicked off Colne started to play some excellent rugby.
All the pressure being applied by Colne was now beginning to wear down the opposition.
Colne had a scrum on the half way line and after a well rehearsed move the ball ended up in Mathew Tindal’s hands who then stepped on the gas to run past the opposition and score under the posts with the conversion successful.
It didn’t take long for Colne to get back into a scoring position but just as it looked like the chance had gone big Howard Howarth dived into a ruck and won the ball back. This was then spun out wide and Jordan Sutherland used all his skill to sell an outrageous dummy and score under the posts, converted by Aaron Denton.
With the scores 17-14
Colne looked like the only team likely to score.
However West Park’s coach saw an opportunity to bring on a player who had just been subbed from the first team’s game on the pitch next to Colne’s. He immediately got into the action crashing over in the corner.
Colne were trying hard to get more scores but West Park had the experience and know how on how to close a game out and in the dying seconds they did as their super sub went on another run. He was stopped by an excellent tackle by Jack Wiper but managed to slip the ball out to his winger who dived in at the corner to finish the game off.
• Colne and Nelson Under 14s hosted Tarleton on Sunday.
Colne conceded an early try but gained confidence as the half wore on.
The Under 14 side had really upped their game and began to dominate in every aspect of the game and a charge down from Tom Steer saw Colne cross over to take the lead at half time.
In the second half, Colne dominated again with the link up between Matt Smedley and Kallan Turner breaking the Tarleton defence and Jake Butterworth supporting well.
Colne’s dominace was proven as three more tries were scored in the second half with one converted.With only five minutes to go the visitors scored a breakaway try from a misplaced Colne pass making the score 27-12 for Colne, maintaining their 100% record for the season.
• In the Under 10s, Colne took an early lead through George but North Rib broke away soon after to level the score.
Colne then scored a try either side of the half through Hayden and George. North Rib got a try back but the game turned when William crashed through to score running from the halfway line.
Colne dominated the remainder of the game with Alex putting in a man-of-the-match winning performance and Hayden and Thomas running in two further tries. before a North Rib consolation.