Vale of Lune 4ths..................14
Clitheroe welcomed high flying Vale of Lune to Littlemoor on Saturday, which resulted in an entertaining but sadly shorter match than usual.
Clitheroe would like to wish the Vale player who suffered a serious shoulder injury a speedy recovery, and a swift return to fitness.
From the kick-off Clitheroe tore into the visitors and started playing quick, direct rugby which resulted in gaps being opened up in the Vale defence. The support play was excellent, with forwards marshalled well by Wood at scrum half, and Vale transgressed at the breakdown to grant an penalty opportunity. Fitzhenry successfully converted to give the hosts an early lead.
Clitheroe continued with the fast-flowing rugby, with Farnsworth and Jackson prominent in the loose. It wasn’t long before veteran Rigby showed a surprising turn of pace and a couple of decent steps whilst near the opposition line and scored a fine try.
Fitzhenry added the extras and Clitheroe were 10-0 up and in full flow.
More pressure followed with the home pack exerting their authority over the set piece, and following more good support play from captain Thornber and his fellow forwards, the backs received great ball. Full back Gretton created the overlap and finished a fine team try to take the lead to 15-0.
Clitheroe added another score through Craig Procter as he broke a couple of tackles and touched down under the posts, Fitzhenry added the extras and Clitheroe were 22-0 up with 30 minutes played.
Smith was unlucky not to add to his tally with a disallowed try in the corner before Vale stormed backe.
Following a number of errors in the home defence, the Vale prop powered over from a couple of yards, with the try converted.
A few minutes later, Clitheroe conceded a penalty, turned their backs and the Vale stand off capitalised.
Again the try was converted to make it 22-14.
Latham made some fine runs from wing to try and gee up the home side and Vale transgressed again following good work from Kay, and the penalty was converted by Fitzhenry to make it 25-14 at half-time.
Twenty minutes into the second half, the injury occurred to the Vale player and due to the delay the game was called early with the agreement the result stood.