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1st XV - Match centre

Clitheroe
Ashton UL
M Bleasdale
Tries
M Lafranceschina
Conversions
M Lafranceschina (4)
Penalties
Sat 22 Sep 15:00 - Lancashire County RU Leagues - ADM First Division Full time

Clitheroe work hard for home win

First 'w' of the season

Clitheroe recorded their first 'W' of the season at the third time of asking with a gritty victory over Ashton under Lyne at Littlemoor.

Trailing at the interval, Clitheroe secured their points with some no nonsense rugby; taking any point scoring opportunities on hand and keeping the scoreboard ticking over to record the win.

After the monsoon of the preceding two days the pitch was in fine fettle – firm and dry. Plus along with the early autumnal weather it made for a perfect day for rugby.

Still searching for the first win of the season the selectors had rung the changes; some enforced through injuries and in season holidays and some tactically.
In the back line, there was a debut for new recruit Patrick Boyers in the centres with Struan Robertson, James Cathcart & Martin Lafranceschina recalled at scrum half, wing and fullback respectively.
Up front, after a storming display off the bench last week Jarvis Stanton started at lock. Another new recruit Sam Tarbuck, was included in the back row and amongst a heavyweight bench was the welcome sight of 1st XV skipper Will Dickenson making his way back from injury.

The first half with Clitheroe playing down the slope was a cagey affair with neither side managing to take control of the game. Ashton dominated the territory, as they did all game, but the possession stats were more even.
It took half an hour for anyone to trouble the scoreboard, when some lazy defending off the scrum saw the visitors scrum half made easy yardage and put his wing over in the corner. No conversion, but it at least made the Littlemoor men sit up and take notice.
Stirred out of their lethargy they began to gain a small foothold in the Ashton half and although not particularly threatening with ball in hand, managed to gain a kickable penalty , which Lanfranceschina [pic] slotted over.
The rolling subs were used early on to keep up the momentum, Dickenson on in the front row for Ben Graves and Ross Chamberlain on for Andrew Rigby who retired with a speck of dust in his eye.

Just 3-5 then at half time with it all to play for in the second half.

An early penalty put Clitheroe one point ahead and with it boosted their confidence to play some more positive attacking rugby.
A break out of his own half saw Stuart Railton make good yardage and created a good field position. Then a deft short pass from Boyers to Matt Bleasedale coming on a nice angle left the tall wingman within inches of the line , but a with a long one armed stretch he dotted the ball down for his try. The extras we added and expectation was in the air that the home side would kick on to a decent score.
A couple more penalties created a nice cushion before Ashton came back into the game in the last quarter.
Their big forwards picked and drove for what seemed an eternity on the Clitheroe line and eventually they scored a converted try to give Clitheroe the final ten minute jitters.
Another penalty from the trusty boot of Lafranceschina soothed the nerves and Clitheroe managed to play out the game with no further scoring.
Nowhere near a complete performance from the town team but some good individual performances; Tarbuck was effective in the back row as was Boyers in the centres. Both will improve in future weeks when they blend into the team more.
Robertson and Cathcart again will improve with more match fitness, and there are a number of lads on the injury list nearing return to play to boost numbers even more.
Still plenty to do on the training paddock, but competition for places should keep the players keen for action.


Key moments

31:00
Penalty Martin Lafranceschina kicks a penalty for Clitheroe
45:00
Penalty Martin Lafranceschina kicks a penalty for Clitheroe
50:00
Try Matt Bleasdale scores for Clitheroe
51:00
Conversion Martin Lafranceschina kicks a conversion for Clitheroe
62:00
Penalty Martin Lafranceschina kicks a penalty for Clitheroe
68:00
Penalty Martin Lafranceschina kicks a penalty for Clitheroe

Highlights

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68:00 Penalty 19 - 0
Martin Lafranceschina kicks a penalty for Clitheroe
62:00 Penalty 16 - 0
Martin Lafranceschina kicks a penalty for Clitheroe
61:00 Sub Off
Adam Penney is substituted off for Clitheroe
61:00 Sub On
Richard Edmondson is substituted on for Clitheroe
52:00 Sub On
Niall Spence is substituted on for Clitheroe
52:00 Sub Off
Lewis Riley is substituted off for Clitheroe
51:00 Conversion 13 - 0
Martin Lafranceschina kicks a conversion for Clitheroe
50:00 Try 11 - 0
Matt Bleasdale scores for Clitheroe
45:00 Penalty 6 - 0
Martin Lafranceschina kicks a penalty for Clitheroe
End of period 1
34:00 Sub On
Ross Chamberlain is substituted on for Clitheroe
34:00 Sub Off
Andrew Rigby is substituted off for Clitheroe
31:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Martin Lafranceschina kicks a penalty for Clitheroe
22:00 Sub On
Will Dickenson is substituted on for Clitheroe
22:00 Sub Off
Ben Graves is substituted off for Clitheroe
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Clitheroe
  • Ashton UL
  • 0
  • Ben Graves Sub Off 22:00'
  • Will Dickenson Sub On 22:00'
  • Martin Lafranceschina Penalty 31:00'
  • Ross Chamberlain Sub On 34:00'
  • Andrew Rigby Sub Off 34:00'
  • Martin Lafranceschina Penalty 45:00'
  • Matt Bleasdale Try 50:00'
  • Martin Lafranceschina Conversion 51:00'
  • Niall Spence Sub On 52:00'
  • Lewis Riley Sub Off 52:00'
  • Richard Edmondson Sub On 61:00'
  • Adam Penney Sub Off 61:00'
  • Martin Lafranceschina Penalty 62:00'
  • Martin Lafranceschina Penalty 68:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
4. Thornton Cle. 8 26
5. Burnley 8 26
6. Bury 8 17
7. Ashton UL 8 10
8. North Man. 8 10
9. Eagle 8 7
10. Clitheroe 8 6

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