Clitheroe came up just short against a determined Colne side in a fierce battle at the weekend.
Colne started very strongly and put Clitheroe under extreme pressure in the early exchanges. Eventually Colne forced a penalty to open their account.
Spurred on by an enthusiastic travelling support Clitheroe were the next on the score sheet. After probably only the second or third venture into the Colne 22, the ball was spun to the right. Full back Chris Stewart injected some pace into the move and Craig Procter off loaded through a double tackle to the looping Nathan Peel, who scuttled over for the try.
Moments later Colne retook the lead with some powerful approach work by their pack and some direct running from their back they scored two more converted tries by the interval.
17-5 down at the turn round Clitheroe felt they were definitely still in the game.
A lax beginning to the second half let Colne over again. But this seemed to turn the tide and install some extra self belief in the team.
Almost the rest of the game was now played in the Colne 22 as Clitheroe besieged the home team’s line.
A slightly unbecoming scuffle near the try line seemed to spur Clitheroe on even more and eventually a chink of an opening was fashioned for a score. A series of close quarter charges from the pack then quick hands out to Sharples lurking on the wing, who showed great pace to score in the corner.
Clitheroe attacked again but were beaten by the clock in what was a pulsating final half hour’s rugby. Three tries to two was not a bad return compared to previous seasons but Clitheroe will be slightly disappointed with some facets of accuracy and execution in their game.
This week Clitheroe 1st XV welcome Crosby St.Marys RFC and the 2nd XV host Vale of Lune 4ths. Both 3pm kick-offs.