Third-successive victory

Clitheroe under 16s
Clitheroe under 16s

Clitheroe Under 16s claimed a third successive win of the season when triumphing 53-24 at Garstang.

Clitheroe started the game strongly, and it was only two minutes before they were on the scoresheet.

Some great inter-passing down the right wing sent winger Duck away, and he showed blazing speed to outstrip the floundering defence.

Wilkinson added the extras for a 7-0 lead.

Garstang hit back quickly, and it was evident their forwards were their strongest aspect as they took the ball up strongly five minutes in and Garstang scored their first try.

In this ding-dong first half, Garstang once again were attacking well, but as the ball moved across their line, Duck again came to the fore, pouncing on a loose ball before sprinting down the right wing to score his second try.

It was another 10 minutes before Garstang claimed another try to move the score to 12-10 in Clitheroe’s favour.

The last 12 minutes of the half were all Clitheroe’s. First, Wilkinson benefited from the ball being quickly recycled as Clitheroe pushed at Garstang’s line. He found space out on the left and forced his way through two tacklers and reached out to dot down.

Not long afterwards, Wilkinson scored his second, as he showed a clean pair of heels to round the right wing to make it 24-10 at half-time.

Players were rotated for the second half, and debutants Robinson and Davies took to the field, both of them putting in solid displays

In the second half, Clitheroe played exceptionally well, and although conceding two more tries, they scored five of their own.

McLeod, running some great lines and troubling the Garstang back line each time he got the ball, scored tries at either end of the half.

Hooker Spink was on the end of a brilliant team try, and more examples of superb interlinking between forwards and backs followed.

Centre Hamlet found his way over the whitewash, and, just before McLeod scored the final try, Duck powered down the right wing to complete the hat-trick.

The side now host local rivals Burnley in the Junior Challenge competition on Sunday, November 6th.