Maroon and Golds grit their teeth for home win

The Clitheroe Rugby Club Junior Section's Autumn Under 11 Tag Rugby competition was won by Waddington and West Bradford Primary
The Clitheroe Rugby Club Junior Section's Autumn Under 11 Tag Rugby competition was won by Waddington and West Bradford Primary

Clitheroe eventually secured a home win and a bonus point in a five-try-to-one victory over Salford-based side Broughton.

It took some doing though. Only 17-7 ahead at the interval, it took all of the second half to break down a stubborn Broughton defence and score a further three unanswered tries.

The home side had trained well midweek under the watchful eye of guest coach, Fylde and Lancashire front rower Alex Loney, and looked well set for the contest.

In the first few minutes, evergreen back row man Andrew Rigby broke clear down the left wing and, with the only the full back to beat, cheekily dummied him to score the opener. Greg Birch converted from in front of the posts.

However, far from becoming a procession, Broughton came back strongly and laid siege to the Clitheroe line.

Eventually the pressure told and the visitors levelled with a try under the sticks.

The Littlemoor outfit took some time to generate a head of steam. But whenever they gained some field position in the visitors’ half, they looked dangerous and likely to score.

But Broughton were efficient at slowing the ruck ball down and Clitheroe were just not clinical enough at times. All this meant scrappy ball for the backs who looked likely to score, given the ball in the right areas at the right time.

Fortune prevailed, and after keeping possession for a period, centre Chris Waddington cut a fine angle to power through to regain the lead, Birch on hand with the extras again.

In the second half, Clitheroe looked a better side. And with some more efficient clean outs at ruck time, made big yardages.

Loose forward Sam Thornber was next to benefit. After the defensive line was stretched, he reached out a long arm to dot down over the whitewash. Birch again kicked the extras.

Midway through the second half, Waddington scored his second and Birch made it a 100% success rate.

Right on the final whistle, replacement Jacob Shorrock, barged over for an excellent cameo try to cap a second win on the bounce for the locals, who travel to Carnforth on Saturday.