Clitheroe RUFC seconds are all but assured of promotion after a hard-fought victory at Chorley.
The visitors elected to utilise the wind in the first half and the men from Littlemoor started brightly, with the forwards making ground in the initial stages.
The Chorley tackling was fierce and the visitors spent a large proportion of the first period in the hosts’ half, but failed to score before they pressed the Chorley line, and following an infringement, a penalty was awarded in front of the posts. Craig Procter duly slotted home and the visitors led 3-0.
Clitheroe dominated the line outs, and the forwards were winning plenty of ball, but a combination of the conditions and some big hits from Chorley ensured the try line was not breached.
Eventually the pressure told when the forwards went through a couple of phases, the ball was delivered to the back line by the superb Sturgess and Procter popped up for a great finish after Bartle’s pass. The try scorer converted and Clitheroe went in 10-0 up.
The second half started with a role reversal, Chorley enjoying all the play and territory. Clitheroe defended excellently, repelling wave after wave of attack, but the hosts got themselves right back into it with the strong scrum half finishing well under the posts, and Dawson converted to make the score 10-7.
Strong running from Preston and Bleasdale then gained the visitors some valuable territory, and, following a conceded penalty, Procter converted to give Clitheroe some breathing space.
Clitheroe hung on for an invaluable victory, and they are back in action a weekl on Saturday at Preston Grasshoppers, where a victory will assure them of promotion, unless Burnley beat Blackpool this Saturday and it’s all over anyway.