Jan 16 2014 Ormskirk Advertiser
Archie Skofic going over for his individual try - Tarleton RUFC
TARLETON were up against Littleborough RUFC this week and were looking to avenge a 22-5 away defeat earlier in the season.
Littleborough are also flirting with the relegation zone but had put together some good results in the last two weeks so arrived at Carr Lane full of confidence.
The first 10 minutes was played at a terrific pace by both teams but neither could force an opening. The first try fell to Tarleton following a good break down the left wing by George Skofic who released the ball from the tackle and it was spun across the back line to Jamie Bentleman who crashed over for the try which was converted by Jamal Cantwell to give Tarleton a 7-0 lead after 12 minutes.
Tarleton were guilty of giving too many penalties away throughout the match and the first one after 20 minutes for collapsing the maul gave Littleborough three easy points. Tarleton then pressurised the Littleborough line and Matt Bradley crossed the line only to be held up in the tackle, from the resulting scrum Archie Skofic almost made the line as well but a bone crunching tackle by a Littleborough defender kept him out.
After 34 minutes Archie took his chance with a brilliant 30 metre run down the right wing breaking through three would be tacklers to score a memorable individual try in the corner. 12-3 ahead and then Tarleton gifted Littleborough another penalty in front of the posts following a late tackle.
At 12- 6 with a couple of minutes to go to half time it looked as though Littleborough were playing with more impetus than Tarleton. However, a good attack involving all the Tarleton backs saw the ball slipped to Matt Forrest who gave the oncoming defender an audacious side step and scored under the posts. This was converted and at half time Tarleton led 19-6.
The second half was a torrid affair with Tarleton still giving too many penalties away and players being sin binned for assorted offences on both sides. From one penalty Littleborough brought the score to 19-9 but a good forwards try finished off well by Max Skofic saw Tarleton finish on a bonus point victory of 24-9. This was a good performance and they will need to play with this pace and commitment in their next league game in a fortnight.
Both the First and Second XV are in cup action next week with the seconds playing Fleetwood away and the Firsts are up against Workington.
The Second XV continued their winning ways with a good victory against local rivals Ormskirk RUFC. This was a close match until the last 20 minutes when Tarleton upped their work rate and were rewarded with a 28-14 victory after the match being level at 14-14 at half time.