Clitheroe ease to victory in friendly

James Haynes (s).
James Haynes (s).

The unexpected opportunity to squeeze in a friendly with near neighbours was too good to resist.

Clitheroe’s scheduled opposition had called off with a waterlogged pitch by midday Friday, but fortuitously, Skipton seconds were searching for a game.

By Saturday dinner time the Littlemoor pitch was also deemed unplayable, so a mixed squad of 21 set sail for Sandylands.

Unfortunately, for the home side anyway, Clitheroe had a bit too much pace and craft, which was evident from very early on.

When, from the kick-off, Clitheroe attacked down the left, then recycled and spun the ball to the right, there was an easy overlap for wingman James Dickinson to score his first of two tries.

He bookended the half, scoring again in the 39th minute. But, in between, number eight James Haynes had grabbed a hat-trick and Joe Weld-Blundell had also crossed the whitewash.

Joe Hopkins converted three to wrap up the first period with Clitheroe 36 points to the good.

With a full bench, there was the opportunity to make plenty of changes at the interval.

It didn’t take long for Dan Smith to remind everyone of his talent for sniffing the try line was unabated, scampering over for a quick-fire brace.

Lewis Hardman was on the scoresheet for the second week in succession – not bad for a second row forward.

Then Weld-Blundell rounded off the scoring after having a fine outing in the outside centre postion.

Three more conversions for Hopkins wrapped it up a 62-5 triumph for Clitheroe to take the spoils of victory back over the border.

Food for thought then for the Clitheroe selectors!