Clitheroe RUFC’s Under 13s went down 40-0 at home to Manchester in the second round of the Lancashire Junior Challenge.
Manchester scored well as expected, but Clitheroe showed up well, improving as the game wore on in terms of their defence, and never letting heads drop.
Right from the off, Manchester tore into the home team and passed the ball around with consumate ease. Only heroic tackling reduced the effect of such attacking prowess.
Throughout the game a good number of home players stepped up with their tackling.
Defensive structure let Clitheroe down somewhat, and the ability to form up well and put pressure on the waves of attackers meant they were under the cosh in the first half. However, as the minutes ticked by, the scoring rate reduced and Clitheroe raised their game.
Jim Smith, Joint Coach, said: “This team is really beginning to show what the future might hold in terms of them playing effectively as a team and taking on the opposition.
“We must remember that they’re only a few months in to what, hopefully, is a long journey of improvement.”
Next up for Clitheroe is a trip to North Ribblesdale followed by another league fixture at Bury.