Clitheroe Junior Colts v Oxton Parkonians
By Bob Wilkinson
Clitheroe lost a grip on a game they most certainly could have won
This Sunday saw the start of the latest season for Clitheroe oldest "junior" side, the Junior Colts, as they had their first league game in the Raging Bull Colts setup. The visitors for the day were first-times to Littlemoor, Oxton Parkonians from the Wirral who made the 90 minutes journey over to the Ribble Valley with their 15-strong team.
A proportion of the Colts team have trained well over summer and were raring to go on a firm and green surface brilliantly prepared by Phil Isherwood. Unfortunately, the bright skies of the earlier hours of the weekend became grey and the muzzle descended to make handling that little bit harder.
Clitheroe started well and although they were ceding territory to the visitors' larger pack, who were really making life difficult at ruck and scrum time, they were first to score. Oscar Duck streaked away to dot down on the left wing after some good team approach work.A few minutes later, debutant Jack Stanley capped a strong debut in the side with a super finish by the posts. Duck converted both tries with Clitheroe taking a 14-0 lead. Oxton did get one back before the half time whistle to take the game to 14-5.
In the second half, Clitheroe stretched their advantage 12 minutes in to take a 19-5 lead with Jarvis Davies scoring his first try for the club. The team had started the half well and were seemingly exerting themselves well to a point the game was clearly in their grasp; George Horsfield and try-scoring Jack Stanley standing out by their hard work and skill. However, the opposition thought differently and with some good forward play, some fortuitous decisions at the break down and excellent kicking, they pegged Clitheroe back with a succession of tries. Time ran out for the Maroon and Gold youngsters and Oxton finished with a flurry to take the win 32-19.
This team will undoubtedly learn that it's necessary to take the chances that come their way and put the game out of reach whenever that opportunity presents itself. After improving year on year to achieve an excellent win percentage last season, this side will surely do better as the season progresses and next week's visit to Burnley will be a good test of character and an opportunity to show that mettle they couldn't quite grab hold of as the game drew towards a conclusion.
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