Maroons’ seconds claim a crucial win in survival fight

Matt Bleasdale
Matt Bleasdale

Clitheroe seconds travelled down the M6 in the knowledge that only a win would do to help retain their current league status and they succeeded with a 53-26 win over Orrell St James.

The early exchanges were physical, with Clitheroe’s defensive line holding firm, and when in possession, the Maroons looked dangerous.

And so it proved when Wensley, who had a great game, completed a move with good footwork to touch down under the posts. Peel added the extras.

Clitheroe gradually took the ascendancy with solid ball being provided from the pack. Pate and Chamberlain were strong with and without the ball, and Graves and Captain Thornber combined well in the set piece and the loose.

The combination of Peel and Railton worked well, with Eagle and Bleasdale benefiting from the space created. Bleasdale scored another try as he continues his rich vein of form, and Peel added the extras and a penalty to lead 17-0.

The hosts came back into it with a try ,before Seed finished a superb move to score his first try from full back. Peel added the extras and a further penalty.

Orrell rcontinued to look dangerous, even when down to 14 after a yellow card for a transgression. And the hosts got their reward with a converted try under the posts.

This seemed to galvanise Clitheroe again and Graves scampered under posts to score an excellent try. Peel converted.

Further tries were added by Peel and the excellent Seed for a half-time lead of 48-12.

The second half was all about Orrell. They dominated possession and and their territorial superiority showed, scoring two converted tries early on.

With fingernails bitten it was up to Railton to put Clitheroe at ease as he intercepted a pass and ran the length of the Orrell half to touch down under the posts. For once Peel missed, but Thornber’s men won 53-26.

Rigby, Pate, Kenyon, Peel and Eagle all had strong games. Man of the match was Railton, who had an excellent day.

Next game at home is Southport for Clitheroe firsts, who need to win to assure themselves of promotion.

All support is welcome.

Clitheroe’s Under 16s got back into the swing of competitive rugby with a good, if not convincing 31-27 win away at Garstang.

The lads managed to take the spoils by pulling things together in the closing 10 minutes.

Training will be key this week as they prepare for the Cup semi-final at Eccles on Sunday where they hope to add gloss to a great season.