Five star Clitheroe win to stay on top

Clitheroe Under 16s after their 31-24 win over Bury
Clitheroe Under 16s after their 31-24 win over Bury

Clitheroe RUFC stretched their perfect record to five games this season as a 25-14 win away at Thornton Cleveleys kept them top of the Sale Sharks Division Three North.

Skipper Richard Few grabbed the opening try for the Maroons after Nathan Peel had opened the scoring with a penalty.

Lewis Hardman galloped clear after the break to stretch the advantage while Darren Eagle also flew over to score.

Peel, having kicked so well throughout, then sealed the issue with a penalty.

Clitheroe’s second string proved way too hot for Rossendale to handle as they ran out 51-7 winners.

Abrasive in the centre and rapid out wide, Clitheroe mixed their performance up well as Will Spenceley Jones and Joe Weld Blundell both took advantage to cross for tries.

Rossendale kept plugging away and they breached the Clitheroe defence to pull it back to 17-5 at half-time.

In the second Weld Blundell showed a clean pair of heels to the Rossendale defence on three more occasions to rack up a personal tally of four tries.

Stu Railton topped off an excellent performance at fly half with a power try under the posts after strong work by the entire pack. Sam Thornber also capped his man of the match performance by claiming two tries.

Arguably the try of the game came from Matt Bleasdale at full back who weaved his way past a number of defenders from inside his own half to claim a memorable score.

Meanwhile, the club’s under 16s responded to last week’s defeat at Sedgley Park by beating Bury 31-24.

Two tries from Duck and others from Aspin, Wilkinson and Hamlet secured the victory.