Clitheroe captain takes honours

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THE playing season for Clitheroe RUFC at Littlemoor came to an end on Saturday with the traditional showdown between the Chairman’s XV – made up of first team players, led by club captain Oliver McEntyre – against the President’s XV, led by second team skipper Bob Wilkinson, made up from players past and present as well as a few invited guests.

against the President’s XV, led by second team skipper Bob Wilkinson, made up from players past and present as well as a few invited guests.

As ever, with pride at stake, the match was hotly contested, especially in the scrimmaging on the floor for possession.

The President’s XV came out of the blocks at pace and looked to gain possession all over the park and run the ball from all over. They were strong in the scrum, but the first XV slowly took command on the floor and in the lineout, with decent quick ball giving them the opportunity to run ball through the back line.

Jim Smith opened the scoring for the Chairman’s XV, and the tries followed thick and fast.

Unfortunately for Club President Colin Silcock it was one-way traffic as the first XV were rampant, feeding on the tiniest errors and punishing them with pressure, territory and touch downs.

Dan Smith, Ralph Rigby, Martin Lafreschina, Chris Waddington and Nathan Peel were among the try scorers as up to 70 minutes passed without the first XV releasing their grip on the game - testament to the tough defence that has been a hallmark of their play this season.

With the clock ticking down, Aaron Shread sluiced in from close range and was shortly followed by lock Steve Dowson, who again drove over from five yards. The final score of 52-12 did not reflect the hard work the President’s XV put in throughout the 80 minutes, but was a tribute to the first XV’s defence and attack.

The first XV man of the match award went to Aaron Atkinson, an indication of his hard work rate, scrumaging and rampant open play in the loose, with Shread stepping up to receive the man of the match award for the President’s XV – well deserved for his hard-to-handle runs direct up the middle of the park.

All that remains of the 2011/2012 season is the Annual Dinner on Saturday, another excellent event, with the coveted Players’ Player of the season awards voted for.