1st XV - Match centre

Clitheroe 1
Burnley 2
Sat 22 Apr 15:00 - Raging Bull North West Leagues - Division 3 North Full time

Clitheroe maintain unbeaten home run with comfortable victory.

Fine win in the sun

Clitheroe 1st XV stretched their remarkable unbeaten run at Littlemoor to two seasons with a strong showing against Burnley 2s.

With only a couple of unavailabilities the Maroons fielded a strong squad against a side that has proved difficult to beat in the past.
The home side showed their intent early on by moving the ball quickly allowing Matt Bleasdale to create space on the wing and he in turn found lock Ross Chamberlain who touched down in the corner.

The unlucky Tom Houldsworth retired injured and was replaced by Joe Weld-Blundell on the wing.

Early signs were that Clitheroe had the upper hand in the pack and this allowed a good platform for the back line to operate. Marco Vaghetti marshalled and led the line superbly and it wasn't long before Bleasdale scored again in the corner to double the lead. The home sides domination showed and after a rolling maul, Chamberlain crossed for his second try. A further try followed from the excellent Nathan Peel who has had a very strong season with some superb performances.
The first half ended with the Maroons leading 22-0 and with a hard earned advantage in the forwards against a strong and aggressive Burnley pack.

The second half continued much in the same vein as the first. There were powerful carries from Sam Thornber, James Pate and Will Dickenson and Henry Bailey, Darren Eagle and Nat Dickenson constantly disrupted the visitors and were generally everywhere in attack and defence.
Chamberlain [pictured] crossed for his third try ( a rare sight) and the hosts looked in control.

The visitors were on the receiving end of some fine play from the hosts but they were very competitive, aggressive and showed some quality with the ball with some strong running from their back three. Unfortunately the visitors discipline went on occasions and at times were down to 14 as players were sent to the bin for various transgressions.

Clitheroe were in the groove and further tries from Bleasdale , Dickenson N and Luke Loveridge gave the scoreboard a comfortable look. Chamberlain was replaced in the second row by Richard Edmondson and the ever reliable Adam Penny went to hooker.

Burnley scored a deserved try through some strong running from their fullback but this galvanised some more fine attacking running rugby with further tries from Weld-Blundell, Richard Slinger and a third excellent finish from Bleasdale. With Loveridge in at scrum half, Peel dropped to full back. James Cathcart and James Dickinson both had strong displays in a back line that is the strongest Clitheroe have fielded for many a year.

The final play of the game saw captain Will Dickenson touch down in the corner with some brilliant support play to complete a fine move. The final score was 68-5, which was unfair on the visitors, but the hosts produced a very entertaining powerful performance with every player contributing well.

This has been the hallmark of this teams season and the future is bright as Clitheroe RUFC continue to grow and improve.
Clitheroe 1st XV have one final game away to PGH but a very well deserved promotion has been achieved.

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Tarleton 2
Liverpool St Helens 2
22
32
Ormskirk 2
38
10
Penrith 2
95
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Rochdale 3
Preston Grasshoppers 4
30
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Trafford MV 2
39
17

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Penrith 2 26 104
2. Clitheroe 1 26 92
3. Tarleton 2 26 83
4. Carnforth 1 26 75
5. Liverpool St Helens 2 26 65
6. Preston Grasshoppers 4 26 62
7. Trafford MV 2 26 59

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