Clitheroe RUFC Under 14s welcomed Garstang in the first of a double header of games in consecutive weeks.
The home team have been developing their play well through the season, despite coming up against some strong opposition.
Garstang kicked off and the visibility was just good enough in the freezing conditions to see Clitheroe take the ball well. Some quick inter play and thinking by the home side led to Max Carrington streaking away to score a super try, his first of two in the game with the last coming in the last minutes.
After a frenetic opening few minutes, the game settled into a good contest. Both sides were throwing the ball out wide, and defences weren’t strong enough to repel such attacking creativity.
That said, Smith and Barraclough stood up well in both defence and attack, helping to create good ruck ball and Clitheroe’s continuity in attack.
On 10 minutes Clitheroe marched up field and were awarded a penalty 10 yards out. Captain Wilkinson caught the defence napping a scurried over to score a second try.
Garstang hit back before the break when they scored a converted try to keep it close at 10-7.
And the visitors took complete control of the second third and scored two more tries to have a commanding 17-10 lead going into the last session of play.
Clitheroe knew they had to leave nothing on the field in the final 17 minutes, and let no-one down with an exemplary application of what they’ve been learning on the training pitch.
They were communicative and daring in defence and scything and efficient in attack, running the ball out wide at every opportunity.
First Wilkinson scored, followed quickly by McLeod, who ran an excellent line before outsprinting the scrambling defence.
Next saw Hamlet cap a overall good performance with a well-earned try, before Carrington showed a clean pair of heels once more to score his second.
Garstang were unlucky not to score in the dying minutes, the pacy left winger knocking on over the line.
Man of the match wasJack Pimbley, a full back who plays like someone of much greater stature. His tackling was immense.
Another Clitheroe victory, this time away at Garstang will be difficult, but not impossible for this side.