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Lindley pushed forward with purpose and their defence soaked up the Slaithwaite attacks with fantastic tackles from Tom (Satnav) Alexander, Callan Rodgers, Luke Ramsden and Costello .
In the second half California upped their game but Redcar''s defence soaked up the pressure.
5 : to draw in by or as if by absorption <The rag soaked up the spill.