Disappointing derby loss for Clitheroe RUFC

Clitheroe Under12/13s performed creditably at Liverpool St Helens
Clitheroe Under12/13s performed creditably at Liverpool St Helens

A local derby at Colne should usually be a nip and tuck affair, with both sides out for the local bragging rights.

Unfortunately for the Littlemoor side they saved their most lacklustre performance for this match.

There was a debut on the wing for young Lewis Hardman, and a further reshuffle brought Garth Spencer to the full back position.

With influential centre Chris Waddington unavailable, the skipper Nathan Peel joined Greg Birch in midfield.

With little clean ball, they were both living on scraps and otherwise engaged in defensive chores.

In the pack, their was a recall for both Sam Thornber and Ross Chamberlain in the second row and Tom Hardman at tight head prop.

The game was undistinguished from Clitheroe’s point of view. They were under pressure at scrum time and when Chamberlain hobbled off on the hour, they were really up against it.

The line out area was not too bad and functioned moderately well, and even led to Pete Farnsworth poaching a couple of the Colne overthrows.

But, if your primary source of ball is not functioning, the rest of the game will suffer.

The backs were left to chase shadows and Colne had some swift threequarters and made the most of them.

Both flankers Andrew “Ralph” Rigby and Luke Hayton both had outstanding games in their own right.

The score line unquestionably would have been higher without the supreme effort of these two individuals.

A midweek regroup for the town team is a must, and although credit for battling on, but for the Maroons and Golds, just not good enough on the day.

Clitheroe’s Under 12/13s took on Liverpool St Helens.

This group will come up against teams like Liverpool quite often, ones that have been together for some time and invariably, they may struggle to compete, having only come together in May this year.

What Clitheroe didn’t expect is that they would cope so well. They did struggle in defence throughout, however, in attack, these young players were excellent.

Whenever they had the ball, they pushed forward with a good mixture of brute strength and no mean skill. All 20 players had some time on the field and each player will certainly be better for the experience of competition.

Highlights from the game include Tom Calton-Whitaker scoring Clitheroe’s try, Matty Mason’s sprint down the touchline, only to be stopped a few yards short and overall, some resolute defence when the team were able to organise themselves.

This team will have Sunday training to prepare for the next competitive fixture against Manchester, at home on October 20th. If you want to find out more about Junior rugby at Clitheroe RUFC, please e-mail Bob at juniors@clitheroerugby.com