Clitheroe RUFC played in their second consecutive LBS Bowl final only to taste defeat in a hard fought encounter with Penrith.
Clitheroe’s bid for a victory, that would be the pinnacle of an excellent promotion winning season, suffered an early setback when Penrith’s territorial superiority eventually bore fruit, with forward pressure resulting in an attacking line out.
A well worked forward move ended in Penrith opening the scoring but they were unable to land the conversion.
Clitheroe were playing well and creating chances and a well worked backs move gave Cathcart space to finish superbly to draw the scores level at 5-5 with the conversion missed.
Then, following a transgression by Penrith, a penalty was awarded and duly kicked by Peel and this was the point Clitheroe had to press their advantage to get the points their play deserved.
But Penrith are a strong side and fought back gallantly scoring a well worked try and converting it to leave the scores at half time 12-8 to Penrith.
The second half was a pulsating affair with early pressure being exerted by Clitheroe gaining another three points from a penalty.
At 12-11 it was apparent that the match would hinge on a few pivotal moments. Penrith were putting the Clitheroe scrum under pressure and were slowly dominating territory.
Keeping the ball close in hand the Penrith forwards went through phase after phase and following some fortunate escapes for the Maroons, Penrith crossed the line to increase the lead to 17-11.
Penrith, who remained unbeaten throughout the season, then put the game to bed when their back line found space and finished well.
The try was converted and despite late pressure the Maroons were unable to add to their tally.
The final whistle was blown and the dream was gone.