Chorley Under 10s 10 Clitheroe Under 10s 40

The opening fixture of the season for the newly formed Chorley Under 10s squad saw them up against a well structured and organised Clitheroe team.

The first half started well for both teams with some flowing passing and well executed and well timed tackles.

However, it was from a handling error by Chorley which Clitheroe picked up on and with some strong running saw the opening score go to Clitheroe, with the score converted giving Clitheroe an early 0-7 lead.

Fortunately heads did not drop and Chorley continued to try to open up the game with flowing passing but good pressure from clitheroe enabled them to pick up on the handling errors or out muscled the Chorley side in the mauls.

It was from this that Clitheroe's front three gained the ascendancy and they ran in four unanswered tries all scores were converted.

However, Chorley's fortunes were to turn around just before half time after some hard hitting from Ben Gibbs. His reward was to run in from half way to score Chorley's opening try.

he conversion was missed. The half time score was 5-35.

The second half however started in the same manner as the first with continued pressure being forced upon the Chorley squad.

Chorley, though did not waver and with strong running from Johnathon Smith, Sebastien Wilson and Richard Dunlop kept themseles in the game.

There was also some fantastic tackling from Patrick Holland, Tim Day and Alex Ostridge. Chorley were to run in the only other score from this strong defence and Johnathon Smith claimed the score and just missing out on the conversation to make the score 10-35.

Chorley heads were now up and Keir Hodgson controlled his back line well, Hannah Brook and Reece Pozzi made a nuisance of themselves in the mauls and stole ball giving Chorley more chances to attack.

Unfortunately though Clitheroe, came back with the final score of the game when the Clitheroe stand off, who played magnificently all game, scored an unconverted try.

Chorley should take heart from a magnificent performance. This was their opening game, the running lines were straight, tackling was spirited and a the rucking was phenomenal pushing the opposition of the ball on each and every occasion.

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