Clitheroe RUFC restore self-belief

Darren Eagle feeds the ball to Nathan Peel
Darren Eagle feeds the ball to Nathan Peel

Clitheroe restored their self belief with a handy bonus point win on Saturday.

Influential centre Chris Waddington set the tone for the entire match. As Bury launched their opening attack, Waddington crunched his opposite number to immediately put Clitheroe on the front foot.

As Clitheroe swooped on any loose ball they could, lock forward Pete Farnsworth bashed through a couple of would be tacklers to dive over.

This seemed to spur Bury into action, and they replied with a try of their own.

Clitheroe battled on back and gained a penalty within range, with Greg Birch was on target.

Almost immediately Bury hit back again to lead 10-7.

Clitheroe were bogged down in their own half for long periods, and Bury extended their lead with a converted try on the half hour.

The second half was a revelation. A close range penalty was awarded, and prop Jim Smith almost walked over the line to dot down the ball.

Birch chipped over the conversion and Clitheroe were only two behind, and the lead was regained by loose head prop Andrew Thornber. Following a protracted series of close quarter rucks and thrusts, Thornber took the shortest route to the try line.

Bury had by now lost some of their poise, and when yet another attack found Stuart Railton unmarked wide out on the left, to put Clitheroe an somewhat unbelievable 17-25 ahead, it seemed like their collapse was total.

But Bury came storming back in the last 10 minutes, only to be kept at bay until scoring in the corner on the final whistle.

Clitheroe’s next game is at Littlemoor on Saturday week against Broughton (3 p.m.).

Clitheroe seconds lost 52-0 at Vale of Lune fourths.