On the back of their impressive display away at Bury, Colne welcomed highflying Trafford MV to Holt House on Saturday.
Colne knew they would be under pressure in this game, with table topping Trafford having racked up more than 200 points in the first four games of the season
With Colne’s morale now on the up, they looked to play some good rugby against Trafford, who had come to Holt House looking to take all five points home. The game kicked off on a sunny Saturday afternoon and the early exchanges between the two teams promised a game of intense physical rugby.
As the game progressed, Trafford upped their game and started to show why they stood at the top of table, but this did not deter Colne from putting in a great defensive performance and at times, looked threatening with the ball in the back line.
The reliable boot of Jim Hargreaves got Colne on the scoreboard and they could have had a few tries of their own in the first half when a period of possession put Colne in the oppositions 22.
It was only a final pass or lack of concentration that let the locals down.
Tindall and Sumner both came close, only to be stopped metres from the line by excellent covering tackles.
The visitors were eventually able to open Colne up and ran in a total of eight tries.
The Holt House men fought back in the final third, Tindall went over right in the corner after good work from the half back Hargreaves. However, the referee looked to his sideline judge and the decision was made that a foot in touch before the ball was grounded meant a Trafford lineout had to be given. Colne won the lineout and from the resulting maul, Hargreaves was able to snipe round the blind side and over the white wash for Colne’s first try.
In the dying minutes of the game, Colne were able to cross the line again, this time winger Handforth was on hand to finish off a well-worked back line move after some good work from Colne’s forwards.
Plenty of positives to take from this game for Colne, particularly the defensive effort. With a little more practice and a few more games, Colne will look to establish themselves in this new league
Despite the result, Colne can be pleased with their performance. Trafford are top of the league and 34 points is the least they have accumulated in any one this season so far.
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