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1st XV - Match centre

Clitheroe
Wallasey
S Thornber (2), B Graves (2), N Dickenson, C Stewart (2), S Railton, J Cuddy
Tries
Unknown, Unknown
J Cuddy (7), C Stewart
Conversions
Unknown
Sat 17 Feb 14:15 - League Full time

Clitheroe Stroll to Victory

A try - fest for the maroons

A new start to the second phase of the season and brand new opposition for the town team, as Wallasey RFC made the long journey up the motorway to a sunny, for once, Littlemoor.

The only slight problem was the traditional home pitch being just less than the usual bowling green perfect which required the teams to literally up sticks and decamp to the loftier Ribb pitch with its wide acres and glorious vista of Pendle Hill in the background.

The new format to the end of the season is a sprint of 6 games up till Easter then the top four into a play off; so a good start was absolutely essential for Skipper Will Dickenson's team.

1st XV v Wallasey Feb 2018
95 photos

With the grizzled Getty Schinkel unavailable for coaching duties it was left to the ginger maestro Rick Edmondson to offer sage advice from the touchline – most if not all routinely ignored.

Wallasey have had a thin time of it this season, and unfortunately have fallen from their glory days of a few years ago. A surprise win for the visitors was probably never on the cards. But to their credit the lads from Merseyside put in a great shift and were well rewarded with a couple of late scores.

In between times Clitheroe were able to play some open free flowing rugby. The quality of which raged between middling and splendid.

There was plenty of highlights to keep the crowd happy and just enough 'biff' to warm the cockles of a few aging observers from the sidelines.

There was also a master class in place kicking from Jonny Cuddy, slotting them with ease from all corners – reminiscent & nearly as good as former maroon and gold favourite Joe Hopkins.

The first half saw four tries run in from the home side. 'Run' – maybe not the word – as they were all scored by the forwards.
Sam Thornber scored a brace from the No 8 position , fellow loose forward Nat Dickenson showed big brother how to do it, and the rumbustious prop Ben Graves used his 19 stones to great effect in crashing over. The local news talked of a small earth tremor on Saturday – curiously the epicentre was in the Littlemoor area of Clitheroe.

Half time came and went with Clitheroe 26 points to the good. As Thornber was on for a hat trick the referee helpfully sent him into the cooler for rest either side of the interval.

The second period was more of the same but the backs began to actually pass the ball to each other. Plus the introduction of speedsters Chris Stewart and Joe Smith off the bench kept the tempo up and the scoreboard ticking over.

Stewart himself bookended the half with scores. In between times Stuart Railton went over along with Graves for his second and Cuddy decided a try was just reward for his kicking duties.

In all Cuddy kicked seven conversions and Stewart cheekily slotted the last.

With far harder games coming up, it was difficult to gauge weather this was a good preparation or not. Time will no doubt tell.
At least there were no injuries to report and it shows with a full compliment to choose from the team is a match for anyone in the division.
Having that full compliment is the key going forward.

So top marks to both teams for their efforts. Many thanks to Wallasey for making the trip and congratulations on victory in the bar, over our feeble candidate, plus the excellent singing!

Standout players for Clitheroe? There were many – James Pate the giant prop was energetic in the loose, veteran loosie Darren Eagle, like most Kiwis – did the simple things well and is at the heart of many of the attacks. In the backs Marco Vaghetti marshaled his troops well and directed the action particularly well in the second half, and Railton, who is deceptively lively for one so laid back took his deserved try well.

Away day next week, and another new, unknown opposition in the shape of Liverpool University

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Key moments

5:01
Conversion Jonny Cuddy kicks a conversion for Clitheroe
5:05
Try Sam Thornber scores for Clitheroe
11:00
Try Ben Graves scores for Clitheroe
22:00
Try Sam Thornber scores for Clitheroe
22:00
Conversion Jonny Cuddy kicks a conversion for Clitheroe
30:00
Try Nat Dickenson scores for Clitheroe
30:00
Conversion Jonny Cuddy kicks a conversion for Clitheroe
51:00
Try Chris Stewart scores for Clitheroe
51:00
Conversion Jonny Cuddy kicks a conversion for Clitheroe
59:00
Conversion Jonny Cuddy kicks a conversion for Clitheroe
59:00
Try Stuart Railton scores for Clitheroe
63:00
Try Ben Graves scores for Clitheroe
63:00
Conversion Jonny Cuddy kicks a conversion for Clitheroe
72:00
Try Try for Wallasey
77:00
Try Jonny Cuddy scores for Clitheroe
77:00
Conversion Jonny Cuddy kicks a conversion for Clitheroe
79:00
Try Chris Stewart scores for Clitheroe
79:00
Conversion Chris Stewart kicks a conversion for Clitheroe
80:00
Try Try for Wallasey
80:00
Conversion Conversion for Wallasey

Videos and photos

1st XV v Wallasey Feb 2018
95 photos

Highlights

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80:00 Conversion 61 - 12
Conversion for Wallasey
80:00 Try 61 - 10
Try for Wallasey
79:00 Try 61 - 5
Chris Stewart scores for Clitheroe
79:00 Conversion 56 - 5
Chris Stewart kicks a conversion for Clitheroe
77:00 Conversion 54 - 5
Jonny Cuddy kicks a conversion for Clitheroe
77:00 Try 52 - 5
Jonny Cuddy scores for Clitheroe
72:00 Try 47 - 5
Try for Wallasey
65:00 Sub Off
Nat Dickenson is substituted off for Clitheroe
65:00 Sub On
Struan Robertson is substituted on for Clitheroe
63:00 Conversion 47 - 0
Jonny Cuddy kicks a conversion for Clitheroe
63:00 Try 45 - 0
Ben Graves scores for Clitheroe
59:00 Conversion 40 - 0
Jonny Cuddy kicks a conversion for Clitheroe
59:00 Try 38 - 0
Stuart Railton scores for Clitheroe
51:00 Try 31 - 0
Chris Stewart scores for Clitheroe
51:00 Conversion 33 - 0
Jonny Cuddy kicks a conversion for Clitheroe
50:00 Sub On
Chris Stewart is substituted on for Clitheroe
50:00 Sub Off
Struan Robertson is substituted off for Clitheroe
50:00 Sub On
Joe Smith is substituted on for Clitheroe
50:00 Sub Off
Mike Floyd is substituted off for Clitheroe
End of period 1
35:00 Yellow Card
Sam Thornber is yellow carded for Clitheroe
30:00 Try 24 - 0
Nat Dickenson scores for Clitheroe
30:00 Conversion 26 - 0
Jonny Cuddy kicks a conversion for Clitheroe
22:00 Try 17 - 0
Sam Thornber scores for Clitheroe
22:00 Conversion 19 - 0
Jonny Cuddy kicks a conversion for Clitheroe
11:00 Try 12 - 0
Ben Graves scores for Clitheroe
11:00 Missed Conversion
Jonny Cuddy misses a conversion for Clitheroe
5:05 Try 7 - 0
Sam Thornber scores for Clitheroe
5:01 Conversion 2 - 0
Jonny Cuddy kicks a conversion for Clitheroe
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Clitheroe
  • Wallasey
  • 0
  • Jonny Cuddy Conversion 5:01'
  • Sam Thornber Try 5:05'
  • Ben Graves Try 11:00'
  • Sam Thornber Try 22:00'
  • Jonny Cuddy Conversion 22:00'
  • Nat Dickenson Try 30:00'
  • Jonny Cuddy Conversion 30:00'
  • Sam Thornber Yellow Card 35:00'
  • Chris Stewart Sub On 50:00'
  • Mike Floyd Sub Off 50:00'
  • Joe Smith Sub On 50:00'
  • Struan Robertson Sub Off 50:00'
  • Chris Stewart Try 51:00'
  • Jonny Cuddy Conversion 51:00'
  • Stuart Railton Try 59:00'
  • Jonny Cuddy Conversion 59:00'
  • Ben Graves Try 63:00'
  • Jonny Cuddy Conversion 63:00'
  • Nat Dickenson Sub Off 65:00'
  • Struan Robertson Sub On 65:00'
  • Try 72:00'
  • Jonny Cuddy Try 77:00'
  • Jonny Cuddy Conversion 77:00'
  • Chris Stewart Conversion 79:00'
  • Chris Stewart Try 79:00'
  • Try 80:00'
  • Conversion 80:00'

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