Chairman’s team take bragging rights

Andrew Thornber and Nathan Peel
Andrew Thornber and Nathan Peel

A healthy crowd witnessed Clitheroe Rugby Club’s annual fixture to round off the season, when the Presidents XV took on the Chairmans XV.

With the talent spread a little more evenly than in previous rather lop-sided encounters, it was the Chairman’s team that grabbed the bragging rights for another year, with a 53-44 victory at a sun-drenched Littlemoor.

The Chairman’s XV, skippered by first XV Captain Nathan Peel, made the early running and were almost out of sight after half an hour.

But they strangely went off the boil and let Bob Wilkinson and his President’s XV right back into it. A couple of interception tries from Chris Massey re-energised the team, and by the time tricky wingman Ivan Adams had nipped over for a brace, it was the President’s who were rocking.

Fortunately the President’s had just enough gas in the tank and a slight edge in experience that saw them home.

As always though, the score was incidental, in what was a fine game that welcomed players back from as far as Scotland,Wales and France to play for their former teammates.

After the match, the trophies were awarded.

Nathan Peel lifted the Nick Hopwood Memorial Cup for the winning captain, while the Bob Haworth man of the match trophy went to back row man Darren Eagle, and Chris Massey scooped the man of the match for the Chairman’s XV.