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2nd XV - Match centre

Bolton 3rd XV
Clitheroe 2nd XV
Tries
P Mitchell (3), C White, J Wilkinson, S White (4), M Bleasdale, M Mitchell
Conversions
C White (4)
Sat 13 Apr 15:00 - Halbro North West Leagues - Division 4 North Full time

2's ease to safety at Bolton

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Running rugby at its best

After some regular faces heading up to the 1s last week helping gain a much needed win this week saw business as usual with both teams in action rumours were rife that the skippers luck had run out on being able to gather 15. With the selection headaches out the way a strong looking squad assembled including a couple of likely looking fellows on the bench.
With 3 separate games going on the maroons found themselves on the smaller of the two main pitches receiving the kick off with the sun in their faces and the breeze to their backs, the ball bounced the Bolton 8 collected and ran in to open the score unopposed with extras added this was not going as planned. But this seemed to galvanise the maroons who came out firing chasing the kick off ball recycled Connor White to Joe Wilkinson at 10 who hit Sam White who ran hard popping to Simon Gretton on the wing who was bundled to touch. So first line out -Danny Cowgill caught clean off the top to Connor W who sniped left quick hands right saw the ball in Peter Wombat Mitchell's hands who crashed through the Bolton line to open the maroons account no extras.
This restart was better with the pack crashing some ball in two phases; penalty to Clitheroe - option of going for the kick taken but went narrowly wide. From the 22 drop out Bolton failed to find touch Matt Bleasdale (cue: girly screaming from the entourage) stretching his legs quick pass to Sam W who hit the ground hard and had to go off for a rest. Clitheroe won the scrum without to much fuss as Connor W, again sniping from the base snuck in to score under the posts .
Restart taken cleanly and ball fed to the 2 Joe's; Wilkinson and Clarke. The former found himself on the wing and backed himself going for broke straight down the touch line with the swan dive finish to touch down in the corner but popping his shoulder out in the process so was to be the end of his involvement. On came Watson at 10 sharp as a tack , just settling the pace building the phases down the right with Bolton defence bulldozing Barry Smith, making his first full 80 since injury at Blackburn, into touch. So line out - 2 up soared Cowgill down clean with the bulk of the skipper backed up by Happy Pete Farnsworth and Aussie Dan Jones the drive was on .But Wombat at the back ripped and rolled going down the blindside carrying 3 Bolton defenders with him over the line again extras added.
With Sam W now rested taped up and ready to retake his place back at centre so chairman Bob Wilkinson made way, thank full of the chance of a rest, with Sam back on an straight into action Aussie Dan with a trademark smash Sam with the steal and off lighting the burners two to beat the first easy step and gone the second closing fast power the order of the day even with the surprise of the young Colt Joe Clarke on his shoulder screaming for the ball Sam settled into his stride head down and step on the gas and a round of applause for the Bolton full back who thought it was Tuesday still counting the stars as he was helped to the sidelines Connor W added the extras 7-33 in the maroons favour as the ref called half time.

Just the one change at the half saw the rested chairman Bob back on for Matt Mitchell who was having a chill. With the sun now on there backs the kick off was good the forwards starting to assert dominance and the backs running strong hard lines making ground every time.
But Bolton were not done yet and with a few penalties creeping in the maroons camped on their own 22 and a momentary slip in the defence saw the Bolton full back scamper home 33-12 to the visitors.
The restart was good Aussie Dan with another smash the skipper throwing his bulk to the ruck ball won Connor W to Watson who fed Sam W who went alone scoring under the posts Connor missed the extras. With the pack winning ball and turnovers all over the place the backs were starting to really open up the Bolton defence even with a few players blatantly swapping shirts from the pitch next door to bolster the home side.
With Aussie Dan now off to do his hair ready to sneak into the Bolton team photo on came the ever ready big Geoff Williamson strong as an ox light of foot - somehow the ref pinged for a penalty at the first ruck, the kick missed touch and the backs with ball in hand were running riot surged forward back to big G who hit the contact pulling a hamstring on root speedy recovery and see you for your 500th season next year Geoff.
This saw properly making his full senior debut the latest of the Colts to hit the magic 17 Benji Barraclough . Another one of the group whom will be a name to remember. Slotting into the second row alongside the skipper few nerves in the first scrum and it went through 90 so reset this time the drive was on Happy Pete picked from 8 hit Watson running the line who fed Bleasdale who hit the space ( the entourage drowned out by the always positive Murray stalking the sidelines run stick boi run may just be the new catchphrase) and with an outstretched arm touched down. Connor W added the extras. The two quick tries within as many mins superb running from Sam was to seal the day for the maroons 12-55.
Last few mins the maroons not done yet great rucking from Farnsworth and Barraclough and a steal from the skipper saw the forwards on the trundle up the pitch again a turn over saw Bolton mount an attack straight into Matt Mitchell who held the runner up the rip and roll from the skipper rolling through the tackle and with an outstretched paw dropped the ball in the sweet spot for Wombat who, uttering something resembling 'oh fudge', barrelled the 10 yards to the line to seal his hat trick [pic] and for his efforts got handed the kicking tea and with a look of utter bemusement showed why the hooker shouldn't kick no extras added and with that the full time whistle. 12-60 victory for the Littlemoor men and safety in 4N certain but commiserations to Bolton whose run in 4 North ended with the full time whistle.
Next week sees vale of line travel to Littlemoor in what promises to be a brutal encounter.

Report from KK

Key moments

9:00
Try Peter Mitchell scores for Clitheroe 2nd XV
18:00
Try Connor White scores for Clitheroe 2nd XV
19:00
Conversion Connor White kicks a conversion for Clitheroe 2nd XV
22:00
Try Joe Wilkinson scores for Clitheroe 2nd XV
23:00
Conversion Connor White kicks a conversion for Clitheroe 2nd XV
33:00
Try Peter Mitchell scores for Clitheroe 2nd XV
38:00
Try Sam White scores for Clitheroe 2nd XV
40:00
Try Matt Mitchell scores for Clitheroe 2nd XV
47:00
Try Sam White scores for Clitheroe 2nd XV
50:00
Try Matt Bleasdale scores for Clitheroe 2nd XV
51:00
Conversion Connor White kicks a conversion for Clitheroe 2nd XV
64:00
Try Sam White scores for Clitheroe 2nd XV
65:00
Conversion Connor White kicks a conversion for Clitheroe 2nd XV
69:00
Try Sam White scores for Clitheroe 2nd XV
78:00
Try Peter Mitchell scores for Clitheroe 2nd XV

Highlights

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79:00 Missed Conversion
Peter Mitchell misses a conversion for Clitheroe 2nd XV
78:00 Try 0 - 63
Peter Mitchell scores for Clitheroe 2nd XV
69:00 Try 0 - 58
Sam White scores for Clitheroe 2nd XV
65:00 Conversion 0 - 53
Connor White kicks a conversion for Clitheroe 2nd XV
64:00 Try 0 - 51
Sam White scores for Clitheroe 2nd XV
51:00 Conversion 0 - 46
Connor White kicks a conversion for Clitheroe 2nd XV
50:00 Try 0 - 44
Matt Bleasdale scores for Clitheroe 2nd XV
47:00 Try 0 - 39
Sam White scores for Clitheroe 2nd XV
40:00 Sub On
Benjamin Barraclough is substituted on for Clitheroe 2nd XV
40:00 Sub On
Geoff Williamson is substituted on for Clitheroe 2nd XV
40:00 Try 0 - 34
Matt Mitchell scores for Clitheroe 2nd XV
40:00 Sub On
Bob Wilkinson is substituted on for Clitheroe 2nd XV
40:00 Sub Off
Joe Wilkinson is substituted off for Clitheroe 2nd XV
40:00 Sub On
Dave Watson is substituted on for Clitheroe 2nd XV
40:00 Sub Off
Daniel Jones is substituted off for Clitheroe 2nd XV
40:00 Sub Off
Bob Wilkinson is substituted off for Clitheroe 2nd XV
End of period 1
38:00 Try 0 - 29
Sam White scores for Clitheroe 2nd XV
33:00 Try 0 - 24
Peter Mitchell scores for Clitheroe 2nd XV
23:00 Conversion 0 - 19
Connor White kicks a conversion for Clitheroe 2nd XV
22:00 Try 0 - 17
Joe Wilkinson scores for Clitheroe 2nd XV
19:00 Conversion 0 - 12
Connor White kicks a conversion for Clitheroe 2nd XV
18:00 Try 0 - 10
Connor White scores for Clitheroe 2nd XV
9:00 Try 0 - 5
Peter Mitchell scores for Clitheroe 2nd XV
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As it happened

  • Bolton 3rd XV
  • Clitheroe 2nd XV
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  • Peter Mitchell Try 9:00'
  • Connor White Try 18:00'
  • Connor White Conversion 19:00'
  • Joe Wilkinson Try 22:00'
  • Connor White Conversion 23:00'
  • Peter Mitchell Try 33:00'
  • Sam White Try 38:00'
  • Daniel Jones Sub Off 40:00'
  • Benjamin Barraclough Sub On 40:00'
  • Dave Watson Sub On 40:00'
  • Joe Wilkinson Sub Off 40:00'
  • Bob Wilkinson Sub On 40:00'
  • Matt Mitchell Try 40:00'
  • Geoff Williamson Sub On 40:00'
  • Bob Wilkinson Sub Off 40:00'
  • Sam White Try 47:00'
  • Matt Bleasdale Try 50:00'
  • Connor White Conversion 51:00'
  • Sam White Try 64:00'
  • Connor White Conversion 65:00'
  • Sam White Try 69:00'
  • Peter Mitchell Try 78:00'

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Other Division 4 North results

Fylde Vikings (4th XV)
W
L
24
26
Aspull 2nd XV
Preston Grasshoppers 4th XV
W
L
50
10
Rochdale 3rd XV
71
5
Hawcoat Park 'A' Team (2nd XV)

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Aspull 2nd XV 22 80
2. Thornton Cleveleys 2nd XV 22 74
3. Vale of Lune 4th XV 22 70
4. Leigh 3rd XV 22 62
5. Hawcoat Park 'A' Team (2nd XV) 22 60
6. Blackburn 3rd XV 22 57
7. Clitheroe 2nd XV 22 50

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