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Your News Littleborough 8 - Teddington 42

STATISTICS may sit behind lies and damned lies in the reckoning of some, but there was nothing bogus about the ones which suggested that Littleborough Rugby Union Clubs big day at Twickenham on Saturday (May 14) in the final of the RFU Senior Vase against Teddington might prove to be a challenging affair.

The simple fact that the Londoners were seeking their 62nd consecutive win, had won four promotions in five years and won the Junior Vase at Twickenham last season endorsed the view that they are a very big fish in a Level Eight pond.

Faced with that level of opposition, Littleboroughs only option in seeking to take something positive out of the day was to come off the field knowing that they had nothing left in the tank, that they had given the supporters who had made the trip south an honest effort.

This they achieved in spades and if at times in the closing stages Teddington were able to switch to automatic pilot because they had the win sewn up, the very fact that Littleborough were so weary simply confirmed the amount of energy they had used to stay competitive, especially when they had the additional handicap of a couple of injuries and a spell in the sin-bin for try-scorer Mark Forden.

Coach Rob Rawlinson has known similar days during his career in the Premiership at Leeds and was rightly philosophical and upbeat about the outcome.

Im chuffed to bits for the lads that they got to Twickenham and had the chance to play at the stadium, he said: It would have been nice to cap it off with a win, but Teddington were a better side. Its as simple as that. They were well organised and are clearly playing two or three divisions below where they should be.

We ran out of steam a bit in the last 15 minutes, but we kept going and working hard to the end, which is what theyve done all season and what got them here. I was thrilled for them and the way they reacted.

Press Officer Harry Hanson echoed those sentiments. He said: It was absolutely brilliant. Everything was absolutely top-class. We lost, but I admired Teddingtons standard of play and their rugby they were a cut above. But I also admired the way we kept at it.

But the occasion, the fact that the club history will show that we were at Twickenham in the Senior Vase no-one can take that away from us. The boys were so pleased that they were there. And what an end to a season.

And the crowd support was brilliant and we couldnt have asked for anything better from the RFU and the Teddington people they were both tremendous.

Teddingtons self-assurance was evident from the outset and though Littleborough stayed on level terms until the 21st minute as Teddington second-row Glenn Boyling and Littleborough full-back Chris Park exchanged penalties, the oppositions decision to shun simple shots at goal in favour of running the ball underlined their confidence.

Tries by centre Jonathan Dickson, flanker Dominic Stone and No 8 Tom Doran and a conversion from Boyling gave Teddington a 20-3 interval lead which Doran extended with his second try from a powerful drive at a scrum nine minutes after the break.

Littleboroughs tenacity was rewarded on 56 minutes when lock Forden drove over, but pack power again did for the Lancastrians when back-row man Mathew Jones touched down from another heavyweight scrum and tries by full-back Ross Swanson and replacement Henry Kirchner were the product of polished approach play by the Londoners.

The final destination on a thoroughly rewarding journey was not entirely as attractive as Littleborough were hoping for, but they will long remember the adventure, the craic and the many new friends they made en route.

Littleborough: C Park; N King, T Galvin, C Duffy, D Kearns; A Bairstow, S North; M Murgatroyd, M Fletcher, S Bairstow, M Forden, G Shepherd, B Reader, M Elvidge, B Irving.

Replacements all used: P Fino, J Doherty, A Wayne, S Dickinson, A Towers, B Park, S Irving.

Teddington: R Swanson; L Lonergan, J Dickson, T Holdsworth, R Sheehan; P Manley, S Hall; F Farrell, G Drew, S Seward, M Ewins, G Boyling, M Jones, D Stone, T Doran.

Replacements all used: P Whyte, M Donnelly, M Lane, J Ferguson, L White, H Kirchner, J Harte.

Referee: Tom Davies (RFU)

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