Clitheroe win BIG as plucky Burnley show true spirit of the game
By Bob Wilkinson
Clitheroe run in 13 tries against a never-say-die Burnley side
Oscar Duck scored more points in this game than the Clitheroe side had done in any of its previous outings this season, crossing the whitewash 5 times and kicking 7 conversions in a splendid display. Boy, this lad is fast! But there were a number of other worthy aspects to this game. Firstly, Burnley were true to the spirit of rugby by turning up with only 9 men. The lads and their coaches and supporters must be applauded for doing so and making a game of it. Thank you to them all on behalf of Clitheroe RUFC. Secondly, the Clitheroe side ran well and true and didn't let up for one minute. They're really developing as a side and with Wigan's loss at Leigh, Clitheroe now sit in a well-deserved position atop the league.
Of the 13 tries scored, they were split across the side, forwards and backs running freely and when they were defending, doing so stoutly. To be more specific, tries came from Rob Lee, George Hamlet (2), Oscar Duck (5 tries and 7 conversions), Joe Clarke, Caleb Brown, Tom Calton-Whitaker, Rishi Tyagi, Dom Wells and Joe Wilkinson added a conversion late on. For those who didn't find themselves on the scoresheet there were some really good performances and the whole team should feel proud. Furthermore, two lads in Mattie Mason and Caleb Brown went a step further in the linbe of duty and donned a Burnley shirt for the whole of the 2nd half to ensure that everyone played as much of the game as possible with Brown playing a key role in setting up the solitary Burnley score.
There's plenty more to come with this team and with next week's trip to Bury, Clitheroe will have a much sterner test in which to prove that progress.