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1st XV - Match centre

CLITHEROE RUFC - 41st SEASON
Ashton under Lyne
J Cuddy (2), W Dickenson
Tries
J Cuddy (2)
Conversions
J Cuddy
Penalties
Sat 30 Sep 15:00 - League Full time

Clitheroe overcome Ashton in the mud.

Three from Four in the League

Clitheroe s 1st XV overcame a resilient Ashton side in the mud at Littlemoor but it wasn't one for the purists!

There were two questions that lingered in the minds of the Littlemoor crowd on Saturday. Firstly..whatever happened to dry Septembers? And secondly, why don't Clitheroe start as they finish?

With a number of absences in the back line for this fixture , you may have been forgiven for thinking that this was going to be a weakness for the maroons...but with the returning Jonny Cuddy and Martin Lanfranceschina and with Graham Hansen and Dan 'smudge' Smith being promoted from the 2s this was far from the case.

Clitheroe started the game in a lethargic manner and got dragged into an arm wrestle with the large Ashton pack. With the scrum just about stable and the line out going well through Andrew Rigby, enough ball was generated for the backs to create gaps and space. With the exception of an early break for Cuddy, there was little evidence of this as the game got bogged down..literally..with penalties and knock ons.
Ashton were the first to score and deservedly so after a number of phases through good forward pressure. The try was converted and Clitheroe knew they needed to up their tempo.

Eventually the maroon forwards got into the game and quick ball was generated allowing a period of pressure on the Ashton line. Ben Graves came close as somehow the line wasn't crossed during sustained pressure. Captain Will Dickenson rallied the troops and suddenly the home side showed glimpses of what they can do.
Eventually the excellent Cuddy (pictured) was given space and he easily outpaced his opposite number and touched down in the corner. Simple rugby had generated the best move and with an excellent conversion the scores were level at half time.

The second half began and Clitheroe began with much needed urgency. They dominated territory and James Pate made good ground as Smith and Marco Vaghetti combined well and the maroons started looking dangerous.

A word on Vaghetti..a great performance..but he seems to never trouble the dry cleaners..on a day like this that was some feat!

Richard Slinger and James Cathcart were looking dangerous and following good pressure the ball went through the hands and Cuddy scored in the corner for his second. Clitheroe were in the ascendancy but injury struck and they lost the tenacious Struan Robertson and the bullish Ross Chamberlain.

Hopefully they won't be long term as these two have been at the centre of much that is good in the pack this year. Nat Dickenson and Luke Hayton arrived and both had excellent impacts. Clitheroe were dominating in the loose and creating good chances that they didn't manage to take. Following a penalty Cuddy added the 3 points and further scores looked inevitable.

With Ashton on the back foot another penalty was awarded and converted. 18-7 to the home side and debutante Richard Maudsley arrived and made a lightning break only to be hauled down just short of the line. Hopefully we will see a lot more of him in the maroon and gold.

A mention for Darren Eagle..his contribution was immense, much of his work unseen but very effective.

With territorial pressure telling on Ashton, they conceded a line out and from the ensuing line out, Clitheroe set up a driving maul and captain Dickenson bulldozed over to score a deserved try. The extras were added and further chances came and went and final score was 25-7 to the maroon and golds.

Man of the match was Cuddy with an excellent game and next week Clitheroe will need to be at their best for a tough away trip to Ormskirk.
Clitheroe deserved the victory against a courageous Ashton side, should have scored more perhaps but need to start as they finish!!


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Key moments

20:00
Try Jonny Cuddy scores for CLITHEROE RUFC - 41st SEASON
21:00
Conversion Jonny Cuddy kicks a conversion for CLITHEROE RUFC - 41st SEASON
49:00
Try Jonny Cuddy scores for CLITHEROE RUFC - 41st SEASON
64:00
Penalty Jonny Cuddy kicks a penalty for CLITHEROE RUFC - 41st SEASON
70:00
Try Will Dickenson scores for CLITHEROE RUFC - 41st SEASON
72:00
Conversion Jonny Cuddy kicks a conversion for CLITHEROE RUFC - 41st SEASON

Highlights

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72:00 Conversion 22 - 0
Jonny Cuddy kicks a conversion for CLITHEROE RUFC - 41st SEASON
70:00 Try 20 - 0
Will Dickenson scores for CLITHEROE RUFC - 41st SEASON
64:00 Penalty 15 - 0
Jonny Cuddy kicks a penalty for CLITHEROE RUFC - 41st SEASON
62:00 Sub On
Adam Penney is substituted on for CLITHEROE RUFC - 41st SEASON
62:00 Sub Off
Ben Graves is substituted off for CLITHEROE RUFC - 41st SEASON
62:00 Sub Off
Ben Graves is substituted off for CLITHEROE RUFC - 41st SEASON
59:00 Sub On
Luke Hayton is substituted on for CLITHEROE RUFC - 41st SEASON
59:00 Sub Off
Ross Chamberlain is substituted off for CLITHEROE RUFC - 41st SEASON
58:00 Sub Off
Struan Robertson is substituted off for CLITHEROE RUFC - 41st SEASON
58:00 Sub On
Nat Dickenson is substituted on for CLITHEROE RUFC - 41st SEASON
49:00 Try 12 - 0
Jonny Cuddy scores for CLITHEROE RUFC - 41st SEASON
46:00 Sub On
Richard Maudsley is substituted on for CLITHEROE RUFC - 41st SEASON
46:00 Sub On
Richard Maudsley is substituted on for CLITHEROE RUFC - 41st SEASON
46:00 Sub Off
Graham Hansen is substituted off for CLITHEROE RUFC - 41st SEASON
End of period 1
21:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Jonny Cuddy kicks a conversion for CLITHEROE RUFC - 41st SEASON
20:00 Try 5 - 0
Jonny Cuddy scores for CLITHEROE RUFC - 41st SEASON
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As it happened

  • CLITHEROE RUFC - 41st SEASON
  • Ashton under Lyne
  • 0
  • Jonny Cuddy Try 20:00'
  • Jonny Cuddy Conversion 21:00'
  • Richard Maudsley Sub On 46:00'
  • Richard Maudsley Sub On 46:00'
  • Graham Hansen Sub Off 46:00'
  • Jonny Cuddy Try 49:00'
  • Struan Robertson Sub Off 58:00'
  • Nat Dickenson Sub On 58:00'
  • Luke Hayton Sub On 59:00'
  • Ross Chamberlain Sub Off 59:00'
  • Adam Penney Sub On 62:00'
  • Ben Graves Sub Off 62:00'
  • Ben Graves Sub Off 62:00'
  • Jonny Cuddy Penalty 64:00'
  • Will Dickenson Try 70:00'
  • Jonny Cuddy Conversion 72:00'

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